The DCU Rock Climbing Club was founded in October 1992 by Applied Physics and Electronic Engineering postgrads. From small beginnings, it didn’t take long for the club to take off and the Climbing wall was opened for use early in 1993.
The Club took immediate advantage of its new training facility, and in October 1993, DCU hosted the inaugural round of the Irish Bouldering League, an indoor climbing competition, which continues annually to this day in climbing walls around the country during the winter period. This went a long way to promoting the name of DCU climbers among the national climbing community, as we have always been strongly represented in these competitions.
Since its foundation, way back in 1992, the club has been steadily building and maintaining a quality gear pool, ensuring that no matter what its members are attempting, they can attempt it safely. This, in conjunction with the clubs excellent policy on constant training and updating first-aid certificates, goes far in allowing all club members to climb in a safe and helpful environment.
The club has and will always put its emphasis on outdoor climbing with trips to Wales, the Burren and Glendalough. regular outings to Dalkey Quarry in County Dublin also take place. Over the past ten years however the Club has seen its members travel to, and climb in places such as Scotland, Spain, Fontainebleau, Ceuse, all over the Alps, and even take part in expeditions to some of the greater ranges in Peru and Nepal.
It looks like DCU’s fine tradition of producing some of Ireland’s best and most enthusiastic climbers is set to continue far into the future, thanks to the constant efforts of all its members, past and present.