Great news – you found us! We’re excited to be participating in the BMC’s #FindYourAdventure campaign and keen to welcome you to our club.
Joining the TWMC is an excellent way to progress your climbing, have adventures and meet new people. We refreshed our website during ‘Coronavirus Lockdown 3’ – just scroll down to find everything you need.
Club activities have resumed and we are following the BMC’s COVID-19 guidance:
We look forward to climbing with you, The TWMC Committee – Callum, Helen, Stephen, James, Christian, James and Emma.
Climbing with us
Whether it’s your first time out or you already lead E1, we want to make sure both you and our members are safe. We welcome climbers of all abilities, we just request you be honest about your skills and if you’re unsure of anything, please ask! We are fortunate to have some awesome sandstone crags nearby, come along for a climb.
Rock climbing is a great way to explore the country, several of our members started climbing with the club. It’s important you can tie-in and belay safely, so we suggest a course with a qualified instructor: either outdoors in Groombridge Nuts4Climbing Beginner Sessions, or indoors: Woolwich The Reach 6hr Basic Skills Course or Brighton High Sports 1hr Introduction to Climbing.
If you’ve bouldered at a gym, you’re likely to enjoy the short sandstone routes, but it’s important you can tie-in and belay safely – so even if you pull hard on plastic, for safety we suggest a Nuts4Climbing Beginner course. They will teach you these essential skills and introduce some outdoor techniques on suitable graded routes.
If you’ve top-roped or lead climbed indoors and wish to start climbing outdoors, a great way is to learn how to setup the ropes on a Nuts4Climbing ‘Indoors-to-Out’ course. This will kick-start your route to becoming a proficient club climber.
There are many differences when climbing on real rock, especially sandstone, and you shouldn’t expect to climb at the same grade straightaway. Many people aspire to learn how to ‘Trad’ climb as it opens up a huge range of routes on sea-cliffs and mountains. Instead of clipping in-situ bolts like in Sport Climbing, Trad Climbing involves placing protection (aka gear) yourself and more complex rope work. Some people ‘learn to lead’ on a course with a qualified Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI) whilst others prefer the ‘apprenticeship’ approach of seconding experienced friends and reading books & online materials. The club sometimes organises ‘learn to lead’ weekends, run either by instructors or members.
You’ve got a rack, rope and partner, so why join TWMC? You’ll get a heap of new climbing partners, advice, club trips, knowledge, car sharing, socials. A major advantage of climbing as a club on sandstone, is that you can climb more routes as people often mix-in and swap ropes on ‘club nights’. If you’ve moved to the area and already climb, get in touch! There are so many benefits of being a club member, the BMC wrote this article: Why Join a Club?