Society Focus: Introducing the Climbing Club

Tess Mullen in the mountains with her long hair blowing in the wind.
Climbing Club President


My name is Tess Mullen and I’m in second year reading History at Trinity Hall and the current President of Trinity Hall Climbing Club. We were started from small but mighty foundations by Megan Poson and Josh Clarke (now third years!) in 2022 and have grown in numbers and in psyche ever since, seeing our largest ever sessions in Michaelmas term of 2023. We run regular bouldering meets at Cambridge’s local climbing wall in the Kelsey Kerridge sports centre every Wednesday.

A bit about me – I started climbing in 2020 via the recommendation of a friend and immediately fell in love with it! I had done lots of other sports (like running, swimming and rowing) beforehand, but I found that climbing offered new kinds of mental and physical challenges. I think that problem solving and the way that climbing teaches you to deal with fear are what attracted me to it the most. I have since climbed rather a lot, with some tricky sport ascents in Portland and handling the techniques of ice climbing in Chamonix probably taking the top spots as my most challenging endeavours.

Our Climbing Club meets are designed for any and all types of climbers to attend. Most of our members are brand new to our slightly odd sport of trying to scale things that stairs were invented for and so it has been lovely watching a whole host of new attendees give our sport a go! We aim to be as beginner friendly as possible to make everyone feel comfortable in our spaces. Whilst some of our members are seasoned climbers, there is a shared understanding that ‘learning the ropes’ for the first time can be rather intimidating and so we aim to build confidence as well as a bit of strength too! The great thing about climbing rock, however, is that it doesn’t tend to move! which means you can always come back to give things another go of they are too hard the first time.

In term, our meets give our attendees a new perspective on problem solving, the chance to try a new skill that sits outside of their usual comfort zone and a bit of a distraction from the Cambridge workload or at the very least, a nice chat on the mats with friends! THCC has seen some big events in the last two years. We competed in Cuppers, swapped with loads of college’s climbing societies, held our own pizza party and even went on our very first outdoor trip to Masson Lees Quarry in Derbyshire to get a taste of some real rock. This was by far by favourite event of the year, and I hope very much to get us all outdoors again soon (so watch this space for post-exams Easter term).

All Trinity Hall students can get involved, simply show up to one of our Kelsey Kerridge evenings. There is also more info on our Instagram and WhatsApp chat which you are very welcome to contact me about joining! (tm779).