Membership of OUMC is available to anybody who would like to join; as well as students and university staff, we have many members with no affiliation to Oxford University who take part in all aspects of the club's activities. We are always looking for new members, and even if you've never climbed before you will be just as welcome as those with years of mountaineering experience.
Joining OUMC is an opportunity not to be missed. For those new to climbing, we can help you take your first steps in this adventurous and fulfilling sport; while the club does not provide formalised instruction in climbing or mountaineering, our members have many years' worth of experience that they will be happy to share with you. We can offer more experienced climbers a large, enthusiastic group of potential climbing partners operating across a wide range of disciplines and grades. OUMC is considerably more active than many comparable university, town or regional clubs, and all members have the opportunity to get involved with the club's vibrant social scene.
Feel free to come along to one of our weekly events in Oxford to see what we do and find out more about the club if you are considering joining; our Termcard will tell you where and when to find us. Be sure to sign up to our mailing list at the Freshers' Fair, or by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions in the response.
You can join at any time of year, but if you're arriving in Oxford for Michaelmas Term you may want to come along to our introductory slideshow where we explain exactly what the club does for its members and how to get involved. Alternatively, come along to the Gardeners Arms on a Wednesday evening, or a climbing session at the Brookes climbing wall on a Tuesday evening. In the first few weeks of Michaelmas term, we'll be meeting on High Street to walk to these places; after that, you can find your way using our maps page.
Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport, and everyone taking part in a club event (whether a member or not) is responsible for their own involvement and safety.
OUMC considers the safety of all participants in its activities to be of the highest importance, and our members are required to read and adhere to the OUMC Code of Conduct in line with the club's Risk Assessment.
While experienced OUMC members will advise beginners of the risks of climbing and how to minimise these risks, we are not qualified instructors and cannot guarantee a safe climbing environment.