Rock climbing is the age old adventure sport that involves climbing up, over or across natural rock formations. Sometimes there is a nominal goal such as reaching the summit or following a predefined route but it is more often the joy of climbing that motivates the climber. LUMC offers a safe introduction to rock climbing with experienced leaders to get you going.
The club also runs outdoor rock climbing trips throughout the year. The trips tend to be one of two varieties: Top Roping or Lead Climbing and visit a range of locations including daytrips to the nearby Werribee Gorge and multi-day trips to Cathedral Ranges, The Grampians or Mt Arapiles.
La Trobe University has a rockclimbing tower on campus. T
We also regularly climb on plastic at one of Melbourne's indoor climbing and bouldering gyms.
LUMC members regularly head down to one of Melbourne's indoor climbing gyms for a spot of climbing on plastic. Besides being fun in itself, the indoor climbing gyms are a great place to build up confidence and skills so that when you go outdoors climbing you can enjoy it much more.
Bouldering is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope. The climbs or "problems" are typically short enough such that a fall will not result in serious injury. The focus of bouldering is typically on power and strength rather than endurance (Bouldering is to climbing what sprinting is to running). Bouldering usually takes place on large boulders, hence the name, but often people will practice bouldering at the base of larger rock faces or on artificial structures (blue stone bridges being a particular favorite).
The Lactic Factory
On Monday evenings, most weeks you can find some LUMC people down at The Lactic Factory, a dedicated bouldering-only climbing gym. It is located in Abbotsford and is easily accessible via public transport. The bouldering at The Lactic Factory is quite tough so it is usually recommended that you get to a regular climbing gym before you go to Lactic. A visit will set you back $13.