The Emma Mountaineering Club is made up of members and past-members of Emmanuel College. Our aim is to connect like minded college members with an email list that anyone can use to suggest trips climbing, walking or any other sport related to mountaineering. It is primarily aimed at those mountaineers that are interested in trying the sport, those that do not have the time to join the larger university clubs, or simply those that prefer to socialise within college.
We are a small club, having only just restarted after a few years break. Current members have a breadth of experience across mountaineering, but all are friendly and very happy to lead new and/or inexperienced members.
Mountaineering from Cambridge:
- Kelsey Kerridge Bouldering Wall - Very close, but not that great. Will close on the 15th November for renovation. Could be well worth a visit next term to see what it's like and have a go at bouldering (climbing without ropes, and therefore low to the ground)
- Harlow Climbing Wall - Need a train to Harlow (£8.50, 50mins), then it's a really short walk to the wall (£5 entry with free harness / belay plate hire, shoes £2). Good high wall, plenty to do for an afternoon/ evening. Taking a car is a bit cheaper.
- Castle Climbing Centre - Need a train to Finsbury Park (£15, 1hr). then short walk (£7 entry, hire £2.50 per item) Huge place, with enough to do for days on end, but expensive as a result
- Mile End - Mainly a bouldering wall, and easier to get to by car. Contact Dave if you have been to suggest a better description
- Peak District - Best single pitch climbing area in the UK. loads to do, around 3hrs drive (just doable in a day). Plenty of walking too
- Wales - Best mountains in the UK outside Scotland. Loads and loads of climbing, scrambling, walking. Need a weekend (and car) to make it worth getting there and back.
- Lake District - Best walking area in the UK outside Scotland. Still loads of climbing, but great walking too. Again need a weekend and a car from Cambridge, or a holiday trip.
- Scotland - Bigger, better, scarier than the rest of the UK.
- Alps - A bit beyond this clubs real intentions, but at least 4 of us were out last summer (2010).
- Greater Ranges - Despite some trips many years ago (Aconcagua, Argentina in December 1999 - January 2000), this isn't really the current aim of the club. Some members do have more recent experience with trekking and mountaineering in the Himalaya.