Climb outside with the Rucksack Club

Posted by Will Harris on 29/04/2015
Take your first steps on rock with the Rucksack Club

Want to climb outside but need a friendly group of people to make your first steps with? Join the Rucksack Club on their Indoor to outdoor meets this Spring. Aimed at experienced indoor climbers, this is open to anyone who wants to make the move from plastic to real rock.

Who are the Rucksack Club?

The Rucksack Club is a national club with its roots in the North West, which promotes mountain activities and is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council. It has an active membership and an extensive meets programme, as well as three club huts.

The meet

The club does not provide professional instruction, but on the day will arrange for you to climb with an experienced club member on one of the Peak District’s finest crags. Its members will get you climbing, and will let you know about the benefits of joining a club.  

The meet will be a great opportunity for experienced indoor climbers to sample outdoor rock climbing in a friendly, informal environment and to meet new potential climbing partners. The meet is free for anyone over the age of 18 to attend- you don't need to be a member of the club or to pay anything.

What's the skill level?

The club asks that you can:

  • Safely put on your own harness
  • Safely tie in to the rope
  • Safely belay a lead climber

You will be expected to be able to do these three things independently at meets

Meet dates

The meet will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 16 May at Stanage Edge
  • Saturday 20 June at Hobson Moor Quarry

Equipment  Needed

On the day you will need to bring:

  • Your harness, belay device and HMS Karabiner
  • A helmet
  • Rock climbing shoes and chalk bag

Please bring along a completed consent form: download here

More information

For further information, please contact Robin: robin.illingworth@gmail.com

Find out more about the Rucksack Club

The BMC also runs indoor-outdoor skills courses - find out more here. 

WATCH: The Rucksack Club- Gogarth Meet 2014 on BMC TV



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1) Anonymous User
13/09/2014
"The Rucksack Club are a national club with it's routes in the North West, "
Surely they mean "roots" and it should be "its*
"It's members will get you climbing"
Should be "its" as "it's" is short for "it is"

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