Social Climbing

2016 Trips

Welcome to the new Year

Your committee has put together a veritable feast of club trips for 2015. This year trips will be to Girraween, Coffs Harbour, Ngungun, Frog Buttress, Brooyar, Red Cliffs/Goanna Point, Urbenville, Nowra, Mt Arapiles and the Blue Mountains.

Upcoming Events

The BRC event lookahead window to the left displays climbing trips planned by subscribers, (excluding regular Tuesday night climbing at Kangaroo Point), and upcoming BRC social events.

Trips and Weekends

Throughout the climbing season, our subscribers arrange a regular series of weekend/day trips to a variety of climbing areas around SEQ. These tend to be social affairs and are a great opportunity for newcomers to climb with a range of individuals and improve their skills with more experienced climbers. You can see some trip reports here.

Weekly Climbing at Kangaroo Point

Many of our subscribers climb every Tuesday night at Kangaroo Point from about 5.00pm - look for our banner at the base of the cliff and the orange BRC witches hats and flags at the top and bottom of climbs.

There are generally several top ropes set-up and if you contact a member of the committee in advance, new subscribers can usually find a rope suitable for their ability. When the weather is wet (or threatening see the BOM radar), a group usually goes indoors to Urbanclimb in West End or Rocksports in the Valley.

Free Cheesy Tuesday or Sausage Sizzle at Kangaroo Point

During the year we have free sausage sizzles for our subscribers. Notification of these dates are sent out to subscribers during the week prior to the event. This allows subscribers to socialise with the other climbers following climbing.

Social events

The two major social events of the year are the dinner (usually July/August) and the Christmas Party in association with the AGM. These are subsidised to subscribers.

Kids climbing with BRC

We've had a number of queries around whether children can join the BRC and/or whether the children of subscribers can climb with the club.

As a result the club has created these guidelines.

  • BRC subscribers must be 18 years old, (as per the constitution).
  • Subscribers may bring children to any club event, however the subscriber must ensure the safety and supervision of the child at all times including at and around the base of the crag.
  • Climbing areas are generally dangerous with multiple risks including rockfall, subscribers must constantly reassess these risks for themselves and and children.
  • Children are discouraged from belaying.
  • The BRC exists for its subscribers. Parents are asked to always consider other subscribers when their children are climbing and using other member's gear. For example, it is common for climbers to be waiting for a free rope on Tuesday's at Kangaroo Point and subscribers of the club are entitled to priority use of ropes.
  • Subscribers are reminded that the club provides and carries no insurance, and is not a training organisation. Climbing is undertaken at your own and your child's risk.

Membership

How and why you should join.

Benefits

  • Meet fellow climbers
  • Climb with experienced members in a supportive environment
  • Trips planned by other members at a range of climbing areas in SE Qld and interstate
  • other climbers's experience and knowledge (no formal instruction)
  • information on various rockclimbing areas and climbs
  • Annual dinner and Christmas party
  • discounts at Brisbane climbing gyms and gear stores
  • a voice and representation in climbing access issues.

Annual Subscription

Subscription fees are reviewed each year. The small fee is to cover club administration. The subscription fee does not include insurance.

For 2016 the subscription is $30.00 for the calendar year (Jan.- Dec.)

This includes an affiliation membership with the Australian Climbing Association (ACA).

We are not a training organisation, new subscribers who do not have rock climbing skills are directed towards the many good professional organisations offering instruction. Applications are only considered from persons over 18 years with at least basic climbing experience. We do not have club gear that can be borrowed, (you would be expected to have your own harness and boots as a minimum).

If you are under 18 years old or have children interested in climbing , please see this page.

It is a requirement that individual climbers take responsibility for their own safety at all times. The club accepts no liability for any injuries that may result as all climbing is undertaken on basis as a private individual.

Contact a member of the committee to discuss subscription. The form is available here. Please note that bank transfer should not be used by new subscribers without first contacting a committee member.

About

About the Club

The club represents and promotes the active rockclimbing community in Brisbane, Australia.

The club provides a forum for social and climbing interaction between climbers of all levels and meets weekly on Tuesday nights at Kangaroo Point as well as regularly visiting a variety of cliffs around S-E QLD. There is usually a yearly long club trip to places such as Kaputar, the Blue Mountains or Arapiles.

Apart from the obvious joys of climbing, the BRC has been involved in access negotiation issues. Some subscribers are involved in other aspects of climbing such as new route creation and cliff care. The club encourages its more experienced climbers to pass on climbing skills and knowledge to newer subscribers as they progress.

As a group we do not spend time on rules, points of order or factional warfare. The focus is informality (and fun) with other climbers.

The small subscription fee is to cover the cost of club administration, and provide associate membership to ACAQ. There is no insurance provided.

It is a requirement that individual climbers take responsibility for their own safety.

BRC History

The Brisbane Rockclimbing Club was originally founded in 1965, but was re-established in its present form in 1987 as a means of promoting communication and social interactions between climbers.

Michael Meadows' blog provides some history of the BRC and climbing in South East Queensland.