Frequently Asked Questions
We know signing up can be a bit confusing sometimes, and sometimes you need answers. So we have answered the most frequently asked questions for you below. If you do need more help or have another question, feel free to send an email to email@example.com.
How does the club run?
UQMC is a volunteer-run organisation, which is affiliated with UQ sport. Every year, the UQMC activities are planned and run by the Executive Team. The Executive Team do not get any reimbursements or payment for their involvement in the club. UQMC does provide the Executive Team with the proper certification to enable all the tasks, such as a First Aid and CPR and a Vertical Rescue certification. To maintain our loving UQMC community, it is essential for UQMC that there are members who would like to give back to the Club. This could either be with volunteering as an Executive or just simply by passing on your climbing/hiking knowledge onto the new member. Without a cycle of giving back and passing on your experience, unfortunately UQMC is not sustainable.
I do now know anything about climbing, can I still join?
Yes! Joining UQMC is a perfect introduction into climbing. If you have never climbed before, just register for our free two week trial, come to our Kangaroo Point climbing nights and have a go at it. Please note, we do not offer any formal certificates, and our volunteers are not outdoor guides.
I do not have any climbing gear, can I still come?
Yes! UQMC can provide you with the climbing gear you need, such as a helmet, a harness and climbing shoes. If you are a member, you can pay a deposit and hire the gear free of charge. If you return it in a neat fashion, you get your deposit back. Simple right??
However, we do suggest that if you progress thought the club and in your climbing, you buy your climbing equipment (harness, shoes, personal safeties, etc). We have some rad sponsors where you can get discount off your purchase!
What climbing activities does UQMC run?
During the UQ semester, every week UQMC runs top roping on Tuesdays and leading-workshops Thursday nights at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The top ropes are set up at 5 pm. The climbing itself starts at 6pm to 8.30 pm, and we all pack up by 9pm. During the weekend, UQMC organises climbing trips for leading and top roping to crags, such as Pages Pinnacle, Frog Buttress, Ninderry, and Ngungun. Or bouldering Trips to Toohey Forest and White Rock. During the mid-semester breaks or long weekends, we often run trips up to Brooyar, Passchendaele or Townsville (bouldering). At the end of the second semester, UQMC organises a Blue Mountains trip with over 30 people.
What hiking trips does UQMC run?
UQMC usually organises hiking trips in the weekend to local, national parks in South East Queensland. Hikes include the Mount Warrie Circuit hike or the Mount Cordeaux hike. During the long weekends or the semester holiday, multi-day/ overnight trips are organised to Gibraltar Washpools, the Cooloola Great trail or the Albert River circuit. UQMC has hiking packs, cooking equipment, sleeping bags and everything you need for a multi-day hike. If you are a member, these can be borrowed if you do not have your own hiking equipment for free!
Is there anything else the club does?
Yes! UQMC is a social club as well. For example, we always have a welcome night where we inform new members about the social climbing and hiking customs or the Awards Night at the end of the year. And, UQMC does love slacklining!
I have never gone camping before, is that a problem?
No, this is not a problem. UQMC members can teach you how to set up a tent and tell you what you should bring. There might not be a shower at the campsite though ;) If you are a member, you can hire a tent, sleeping gear and a gas burner etc for free!
I am not a UQ student, am I allowed to join?
Yes, you are allowed to join. The only prerequisite is that you are 18 or older and psyched to help out! UQMC is affiliated with UQ Sport, and, therefore, we must have over 50% UQ students, alumni or employees as members within the club. That is all!
I have little experience in hiking, is that enough?
Yes, for the initial stages, that is more than enough! However, if you are interested in an overnight hike, we would like to see you on a few single-day hiking trips - before you go off with a huge backpack which includes a tent, food and sleeping gear for multiple days. Right?
I have another question and I do not want to email. How can I reach you?
You can find us on Tuesday or Thursday at Kangaroo Point during our top rope nights, or on one of the organised weekend trips. Please see the calendar what is on.
How do I get a membership card?
If you are a paid member of the club, just ask an exec for a card and we'll try to get one to you. They're usually stored in The Box at Kangaroo Point.
What is the box?
The Box is a storage container the club rents at the Kangaroo Point cliffs. It's located beside the bathroom near the left-hand-side set of stairs to the top (when facing the cliff). Please see the map below for a more visual representation: