- February 9, 2015 at 11:26 #3087
Gone but not forgotten eh?!February 9, 2015 at 11:27 #3088
Who are you?February 9, 2015 at 11:28 #3089
The all seeing and all knowingFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:44 #3092
Hello Neill, I’m a post-grad part time student. Am I too old to stand for women’s rep next year?February 9, 2015 at 16:49 #3093
To anyone finds the club lacking in it’s teaching you are free to go and learn the skills you want elsewhere.
5 years ago 4 of us paid around £2500 to go and learn skills needed for alpine climbing. We spent the next 3 years giving these skills away for free.
It’s a somewhat pessimistic viewpoint to attack people as free-loading when they’re part of an organization that gives away thousands of pounds worth of advice, guidance, gear hire, and discounts for the price of a £5.
Finally, don’t compare mountaineering with tourist skiing, they are not the same thing
P.s. I owe £60 for spain 3 years ago. can someone remind me to pay thisFebruary 9, 2015 at 17:34 #3094
That Spain cost was written off on account of your ropes getting trashed by other people I believe 🙂February 11, 2015 at 16:35 #3099
The club is in as healthy position as it has been as long as I’ve been a member, by and large. I recall on the Scotland trip in 2012 spending 3 hours one night figuring out who was going to climb with whom to make sure everyone got climbing – you could count on the fingers of one hand the people there who had ANY winter climbing experience and it was a nightmare organising everyone. Niall at that stage had been on one winter trip and one Alps trip and ended up guiding Freshers, which is quite a lot of responsibility, so if anything things have gotten better in that respect.
As Conor mentioned above, when he and I joined there was practically zero mountaineering experience in the club, and we had to go out and get our own Alpine experience. The same was true of Alek, Dan McElroy and Owen.
It isn’t fair to blame the ‘old club’ for any perceived faults with the club, it’s a 2 way street and it’s up to new members to actively seek out the opportunities provided. Members are volunteering their own time and are under no obligation to teach people who aren’t bothered. Rather than chasing new members, we should just ensure that we have a comfortable enough atmosphere to ensure that those who want to be there stay, and not just for social reasons, but because they want to climb/run/walk/mountaineer.
I don’t think there’s any call for old club to bugger off en-masse either, that would be counterproductive. This talk of ‘old club’ is a bit of a nonsense anyway, it seems anyone who’s been on more than a handful of trips is considered ‘old club’. For example, Rooney’s been in the club 7 years while Conor Cadden has been there just over 2 but both are ‘old club’. By creating an artificial division like that we’re effectively puting up a barrier to people trying to integrate with the club.
Perhaps it should also be clearer to people that they will have a hard time integrating with the club unless they go on trips. Although, tehcnically, all that sort of thing is supposed to be the role of the Freshers’ Rep (who is doing an excellent job). More club social events would be useful (and I don’t mean the many excellent parties/nights out/birthdays, while they involve club members, they aren’t club events and help to foster a certain cliqueyness)
I acknowledge that the current committee are fighting to tread water at the minute with administrative difficulties but also particularly with their own courses/commitments etc. WHenever questions are asked about why such and such isn’t organised yet it’s usually met with the understandable response of @I’m really busy, haven’t had a chance yet’. THe one question I would have for anyone wanting to be on committee in future is: DO you have the time to do this role? If not, don’t apply for it. Simple as that.
Also get EVERYTHING sorted in september…
But anyways, this is a conversation worth having, and while I don’t agree with most of what Steve says he was right in bringing it up. The fact that we can have this discussion is a healthy sign in itself.February 12, 2015 at 15:18 #3100
and I don’t mean the many excellent parties/nights out/birthdays, while they involve club members, they aren’t club events and help to foster a certain cliqueyness)
I agree with what you are saying regarding having more social events as a club. The fact that the parties/nights out that people have and are attended by club members helps create cliqueyness is probably a little true but it should not be that case. I think this is because the ‘QUBeerMC’ facebook group also acts as an event planner for some people so everyone is visible of non club events that they are not invited to/not comfortable attendingFebruary 16, 2015 at 16:32 #3101
nothing further from the OP?
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