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The largest, most active, and best outdoors society.

Passionate about outdoor adventures, we are endlessly enthusiastic to get as many people involved as we can. Whatever your experience, or none, it would great to meet you.


Hill Walking – Climbing – Mountaineering

We cater for anyone with an interest in the outdoors by running regular weekend trips, giving free climbing instruction, organising adventurous summer trips abroad, and offering subsidised training opportunities. We focus our weekend trips on hiking, scrambling, climbing, and mountaineering in the UK’s beautiful mountainous regions. Over New Year, we run an exciting week-long winter mountaineering trip to Scotland. When you aren’t on the mountain, we have regular socials, plus development opportunities such as first aid and navigation training.


We aim to develop our members’ passion for the outdoors and support them as safe and independent mountaineers whilst, of course, providing maximum fun!


Your annual UBES membership allows you to:

  • Sign up for weekend trips and our Scotland trip
  • Get introductory climbing instruction
  • Sign up for international summer trips and expeditions
  • Access and borrow club equipment
  • Access club training, socials, and development opportunities
  • Attend talks from alumni and inspiring adventurers
  • Apply for Society and Union grants
  • Get a discount at Cotswold Outdoor 

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Affordable adventures

We are committed to helping everyone get involved, so we strive to be as affordable and inclusive as possible. Our members receive a great discount at selected local outdoor shops, and can borrow equipment from our comprehensive stores. We are also keen to support our members applying for Activity Hardship Fund grants of up to £100 per year. Even better, we’re completely non-profit, so are one of the best value ways of getting into the great outdoors.


International expeditions

We run up to three international expeditions a year, and expect at least one to focus on exploration or research. Experienced committee members run our expeditions, so they have a clear purpose, and keep costs down where possible. Many members also get together every summer in the Alps for even more adventures.


World-class training and development

Members looking to develop their skills further can apply for a grant towards an accredited Mountain Leader or Rock Climbing Instructor training course. We are serious about making sure our new members have the best support; our most experienced hands are trained to the world-class UK standards for leadership in the mountains, and support several of our members every year in applying for a place on a Jonathan Conville Mountaineering Trust Alpine Course.


Keep up-to-date with upcoming trips and events – join our Facebook Forum, and subscribe to our newsletter.



UBMC and UBES are Bristol uni's two mountaineering clubs, each with slightly different focuses. UBES engages in activities such as hillwalking, scrambling, rock climbing, and winter mountaineering, with the majority of our trips being hiking and scrambling - oriented. UBMC also does scrambling and winter mountaineering, but the main focus of the club (and therefore the purpose of their weekend trips) is rock climbing. Outside of the outdoor focus of weekend trips UBMC have a strong focus on climbing training and competitions, and both societies run multiple weekly climbing sessions, as well as climbing outdoors locally in Bristol. You don't have to choose, though! Plenty of people join both societies.


Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions

Prior to signing up to UBES speak to the Committee or browse our website to find out what  membership includes and what the further expenses are likely to be throughout the year. Full advice on Participation Costs can be found at


Service Standards

All Society members can expect to receive:

  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).


Code of Conduct

When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members. You are expected to ensure you have the correct equipment on all Society ventures.

You specifically agree to have read and understood the BMC Participation Statement: "The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.".


Refund Policy

Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:

Refunds to UBES trips are governed by the Society Refunds Policy, which can be found on our website:

Feedback and Complaints Procedure

By joining, you agree to follow the Society Complaints Procedure, which can be found on our website:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.