Tuesday, 10 December 2013

2013 So Far!

So, a lot of things have been happening in UBES this term, and with it drawing to a close, it seemed a good thing to look back on what we have been doing! As well as looking forward to what we have to come.

The first event of the year was Intro to Climbing. This year we had over 200 people turn up to have  a go at climbing outside, we were also blessed with spectacular weather.

Soon after this came the first social of the year, a chance for UBES'ters to see each other again after the summer, as well as get to know a lot of the freshers just starting this year!



The annual Brecon Beacons trip was another memorable, if not slightly damp weekend, with two great evenings of organized, and not so organized fun!

Snowdonia 1 was a bit of a battle against the elements, trying to get out on the mountains, whilst avoiding one of the worst storms for 100 years! But it true UBES style, we grit our teeth, got on with it, got up the mountains and had a great time doing it!

The next big climbing event on the UBES calendar was the Peak district trip. This year we took 24 people up to the peak for a stunning weekend of monkeying about on some grit! Camping at North Lees campsite we woke up both mornings to find ice on the tents, this didn't put us off, as we were blessed with beautiful clear skies, the perfect weather for a weekend out on the moorland edges!


New events for this year included 2 socials at red point, the first being a climbing/film night, and the second a friendly, competitive lock in with UBMC. Both were excellent nights, with lots of quality climbing, slacklining, film watching, and sampling some of red points excellent burgers!

This year, our route planners and members have been keener than ever, which on the lake district trip led to some pretty epic days on both Saturday and Sunday, with routes in excess of 24km being completed in semi winter conditions, grade 3 scrambles, and the famous Striding, and Swirrell edges.

All in all, an excellent start to the year, and I really can not wait for everything else that we have in store, especially the eagerly anticipated Scotland trip!