The Belfast Climbing Club Committee was elected at the first offical annual general meeting, on the 20th October 2017. Their role is to manage club affairs, promote and encourage climbing as well as its various deciplines, for the benefit of club members and the wider climbing community.
Rónán grew up with a view of the Mournes but was more interested in computer games (and couldn't get past Maud's in Newcastle) until he went for a walk up Donard when was 15. He hasn't played computer games since... He took up climbing on a trip to the Alps just before going to Queen's University Belfast, which developed into a fully fledged addiction not long after with QUBMC. A mountaineer at heart (but doesn't like having to get up stupidly early) joint-first person to stand on top of a mountain at Kyrgyzstan/China border, still can't climb GBH at Fair Head though.
Although he doesn't really 'get' bouldering he is often found in Boulder World because 'it's better training', and dabbles in mountain running because climbing isn't suffering enough. As president he's the (unfortunate) face of the club and is responsible for being showered with praise when things go well, and delegating responsibility when they don't. Or is it the other way around?
He still loves Maud's in Newcastle...
Vicky developed an interest in the mountains hillwalking at uni which then developed into a bad climbing habit while working in London. You’ll find her most Thursdays at Ozone, having a strong preference for roped climbing.
You’ll also find her outdoors at weekends doing the easiest trad she can find. She also likes food. As secretary of BCC she’s responsible for generic administration such as meeting minutes and newsletters – if you have a bad climbing joke for a newsletter she’d like to hear from you!
Peter has always loved being in the outdoors and progressed from a walker to a climber when studying at Magee. Then a long spell as an associate member in Queens University Club.
Having now taken on Treasurer role in BCC Peter says: Climbing is an enthralling activity which takes you to beautiful places and gives you a great bond with the people you climb with.
He doesn't get out as much as he used to, but still loves being in the mountains and all genres of climbing.
John is a paediatric doctor from Belfast and an outdoor enthusiast. He loves all aspects of climbing; from trad to sport to bouldering to mountaineering.
He has served as a medical officer in the Irish Defence Force, worked in rural Ethiopia & India but he'll often be found in Boulderworld or the Mournes. He has been fortunate enough to climb in numerous locations around the globe & has put up a new trad line on the north coast of Ireland. He competed in the Irish Boulder League 2016/17 & finished joint 1st (Senior Male B).
As social secretary for the BCC he aims to keep the club entertained when not climbing & hopes the club can serve to ensure that a new generation of climbers get exposed to the unique experiences, friendships & beautiful corners of the globe that climbing can offer...
Kyle is your meets officer. He in charge of organising the Club’s monthly trip and dragging people climbing on weekends. He fell in love with climbing 3 years ago as a form of procrastination from a PhD. Although he quit his PhD, he didn’t quit climbing.
He has a healthy (unhealthy) interest (obsession) for traditional climbing. You’ll often find him dragging one of his friends up a 60m crack at Fair Head. And they love(TM) it. If you want to go out trading give him a shout (perhaps you want to climb GBH?).
Has beard. Joking aside. Paul started climbing back in 2012, after gaining a serious passion for hiking in the Mournes, being taught by the then Youth Development Instructor for Mountaineering Ireland. Unfortunately and regrettably he took a massive five year hiatus from climbing and outdoor pursuits in general.
In December 2016 Paul set his New Years' Resolution to get back into climbing in 2017. Since the start of the year Paul has regularly climbed at least twice a week, bought a trad rack (that he has still yet to lead with) and climbed outdoors both in the Mournes and Fair Head.
Paul is the club’s Membership Secretary. He will help you officially join the club, answer any membership related questions, and get you those prized MI membership cards.
Matthew is your Webmaster, he is in charge of the club website, Facebook group, and all things digital!
He developed his love for climbing during his students years with Queen's University Belfast Mountaineering Club, and has been a rock junky ever since! An outdoor enthusiast, who feels most at home atop snowy mountain peaks, but also enjoys traditional climbing especially on the seacliffs of Fairhead. Also partial to some cycling!
Joanna took up climbing about 10 years ago, back in her homeland of Ontario, Canada. It immediately became her favourite thing in life and she became obsessed. Climbing in Canada meant bolted routes and sunshine, it was great! After leaving Canada and neglecting climbing for a few years she has now settled in the UK (first London, now Belfast) and resumed her climbing life.
The first few climbing trips in this part of the world were a bit painful - little sunshine, and certainly no bolts! But after a few trips to the Mournes and some exciting (terrifying!) trad leads she has become a convert. When indoors she tends to climb on a rope at the Ozone but occasionally heads to Boulderworld because she knows it’s “good for her”.
Chris is the newest member of the committee, his role is to help support the club and its activities, he was elected at the first annual general meeting following the clubs affiliation with Moutaineering Ireland.
An avid trad and ice climber, Chris found his love for climbing during his years studying at Queen's University Belfast, where he has be an active member of the QUB Mountaineering Club for many years. Having now finished his PhD, he seeks to find new climbing adventures with the Belfast Climbing Club!