Into the wild with University societies

By: Jake Jones

Looking for some adventure in your life?  Keen to escape the urban sprawl and get into the wild?  The University’s large number of outdoorsy student societies makes it easier than ever to get out of the city and try something new.

Many choose to get involved with the outdoorsy clubs to relax and unwind from their studies.  As well as being a great chance to exercise, travel and enjoy some natural beauty, spending time in the outdoors has been proven to help reduce stress levels and improve mental wellbeing.

Many of Manchester’s students turn to the outdoorsy clubs for a dose of adrenaline to shake off the work-week.  Thrill-seekers can choose to spend their weekends climbing snowy peaks, kayaking down roaring white-water rapids, and exploring ancient underground caverns.  Manchester has something for everyone  – this article introduces a few of the most popular.

For hard-core hikers and those seeking picturesque views:pic1

The University of Manchester Hiking Club (UMHC) is one of the biggest University clubs, and has trips every weekend exploring the mountain regions of the UK.  UMHC travels far and wide, from the tranquil waters, lovely villages and green rolling hills of the Lake District, to the rugged, wind-swept wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.  The club caters to people of all levels of fitness (provided they have an appropriate coat and boots!), so whether you want a relaxed walk in the nature or a big 20 km day of summit-bagging and scrambling, UMHC has something for you!  UMHC also has fell-running and climbing groups, weekly socials and pub nights, and is very popular with international students as a way to travel to the more remote parts of the UK.

To find out more about UMHC, check out their Facebook page

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For vertical thrill-seekers:pic2

For those who prefer their mountain climbing to be on the more vertical side, the Manchester University Mountaineering Club (MUMC) is the first choice.  MUMC has weekly trips to Manchesters’ many climbing walls, such as Rockover and Manchester Climbing Centre. It also organises an annual winter skills trip where you can learn the basics of winter climbing and other mountaineering techniques.  In the warmer months MUMC also run climbing trips to the Peak District, as well trips to Wales.

Interested? Learn more about MUMC here

For aquatic adventures:pic3

If you’re more drawn to exploring the rivers and rapids of the British countryside, the Manchester University Canoe Club (MUCC) runs trips kayaking all over the UK.  MUCC is suited to all abilities, from beginner paddlers to white-water warriors, and have gentle river trips as well as technical white-water adventures.  If you’re new to kayaking,  MUCC have skills sessions as well as weekly canoe polo practises, socials and circuit training.

Check out the society Facebook here

To discover the world beneath our feet:

For a truly extraordinary subterranean experience, the Manchester University Speleology Club (MUSC) can introduce you to caving, where you can explore underground rivers, marvel at spectacular stalactites and abseil into ancient caverns.

Society Facebook page

For social city running:

For some mid-week outdoors recreation, Run Wild puts on weekly runs around the city’s parks and footpaths, as well as participates in races such as the Great Manchester Run (10 km) and the Manchester Marathon.

Society Facebook page

For a chilled out day slacklining:

If you’d prefer a more chilled-out day in one of Manchester’s green spaces, the Slackline Society is a great way to hone your balance and core strength whilst enjoying sunshine and nature.

Society Facebook page

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Getting involved with the UoM outdoors clubs has brought me health, happiness and friends, and is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

 

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