MACS Participation Statement

Royal Holloway MACS recognises that climbing 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.

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Crest Award for Stroudy!

Chris Stroud is the proud winner of a Crest, awarded by the college to "individual members of clubs who have served their clubs above and beyond the call of duty be that individual on the club committee or not."

Chris will be awarded a decorative crest for his efforts and, of course, will be bought lots of free rounds by us!

Chris' nomination said this:

"Chris joined MACS in his first year at University and brought with him an enthusiasm and sense of fun like no one else in the club. As a new member of the club he was eager to learn the skills needed for climbing and was quickly following lead climbers up routes some of the old members didn’t dare go near! Chris attended every trip, every social and every weekly climbing session and soon became a core member of the group. By the end of his first year he had stood and successfully run for secretary of the club.

As secretary Chris booked all our trips for the year, including a fabulous summer trip in Spain where he booked everything we could have needed. He also arranged a brilliant Christmas dinner and transformed our weekly socials from a quiet drink at the pub to ambitious feats such as our “roped up” pub crawl.

Aside from this though, has been Chris’s immense patience and support since becoming a leader. At the start of his second year Chris had turned from a new member of the club, to a trusted and skilled leader, something which normally takes years to perfect. Chris has spent nameless hours sat at the top of crags in the freezing cold, talking a scared fresher up a rock at the expense of his extremities. This is such an important quality to have in MACS as it’s the difference between someone climbing once and someone climbing for life. He’s always on hand and has, in the past, even rescued seasoned climbers from difficult situations.

Chris has also spent every Wednesday of the first term in his second and third year teaching people to climb.

Now in his third year, Chris remains a rock of the group, now helping to teach new leaders. He lives with two other climbers and his house provides the club with an off-campus base, complete with  shed-based climbing wall! Without Chris, new members wouldn’t feel so welcome either in the sport or socially. We will sorely miss him now he is leaving and hope that a Crest will show him how much we have appreciated his three years in the club."

Well done Stroud!

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