Hey folks, we are KlimOp. We are the climbing committee of MaasSAC and in this little bit you get to know who we are, what we do, when we do it and why we are the most important committee within MaasSAC (according to ourselves).

We are Brechje, Celine, Charlotte, Nika and Nils. 4 climbing gals and 1 climbing guy (we need more guys, help!). Currently a fun and loving group of 5 members. And we can all be found climbing and bouldering almost every week at Ivy and Radium. By coincidence most of us are in different years of med school, and one of us is doing econometrics & OR.

KlimOp’s main responsibility are the IV-courses and the OV-course. Besides that, we are responsible for the Les Calanques trip made in the carnival break. We are the first line for everything climbing related for all members of MaasSAC. To make sure all of this goes well, we have 2 meetings a month on average. During these meetings we cook and eat dinner together and afterwards we discuss and decide what is important for future or past events. But besides the serious meetings, we also tend to have fun. Even outside official KlimOp duties we meet up and hang out, play games, eat together, hang together and just have an all-around great time. We laugh a lot together in both serious and fun meetings.

We are very active and involved within MaasSAC and most members will get in contact with us through either one of the many activities we set up each year or any of the other activities made possible by the other committees.

If you ever feel the need to talk to us you can just approach any of us when you see us at Ivy, Radium or just in Maastricht. Or you can mail us at KlimOp@maassac.nl

Much love from KlimOp

Once upon a time, in a magical fairy forest there lived a mother deer with her deer baby… I don’t actually know how the story goes but I think it has a relatively sad start so I will stop here and inform you all that though it might seem so at first glance, we did not name our bouldering committee after
a Disney movie. In fact, BAMBI stands for Bouldering Activates MaasSAC Beyond Infinity* and we are MaasSAC’s youngest committee – barely older than a year! We were born out of the exponential rise in popularity of bouldering as an actual sport and not just a form of training for outdoor climbing and are in charge of everything bouldering related. We organise our bi-yearly trips to Fontainebleau, weekend day trips to outdoor boulder areas such as Ruhrtal and the Aachen Campus bouldering gym when the weather is bad, as well as the odd social event or fun bouldering challenge. This year, for the first time, we also had a bouldering trip running parallel to the yearly carnival week climbing expedition to the Calanques in southern France. We are always on the look-out for interested and enthusiastic new members, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to join! Our meetings are generally lots of fun and yet still somehow productive.

*There is also a second meaning to the name, but that knowledge remains the privilege of only the selected few BAMBI members themselves

If you are interested to join our committee or if you have questions please contact us: bambi@maassac.nl

As some of you might remember, Adrenaline is the committee MaasSAC used to issue newsletters four times a year, but due to a lack of members there sadly haven’t been any for quite a while. Some of us now took the project on us to revive this newsletter and from now on we’ll feed you with some articles at the first day of every new month.

There will always be one update about what amazing things we did in the month before, one fun story and one article on a more general climbing matter. Also, we will try to keep you updated which events are coming up soon. If you yourself have any ideas, things you want to know about or want to contribute a piece, you are more than welcome to shoot us a message and get involved.

If you have something to share with all MaasSAC’ers, are interested to join our committee or if you have questions please contact us: adrenaline@maassac.nl

“Gusts of wind, fresh nature smell, blinding snow, wild and remote environment. As we go higher, your heart starts pounding with every step with a slight shortness of breath due to the elevating altitude.
It’s 09:00, it’s been 4 hours since the start of the day. The sun rises higher in the sky and the clouds fly by. It’s one of those days were everything falls into place, the weather, the route, a good physical condition and your partner in crime. It’s a summit day.

At 10:15 you finally hit the glacier. You gear up with your rope, put on your crampons and take out your ice axe. You try to wind your way through the labyrinth of crevasses. These mystical cracks in the ice, ranging from beautiful bright turquoise to a deep dark blue, stare at you as you walk next to them. Although beautiful, you know how dangerous they are. One false step and it could as well be your last. You quickly decide to move on and continue your journey through the lands of giants.

The wind starts to pick up taking some fresh snow of the last night with it. The reflecting crystals disapear into the distance. You put an extra layer on as well as your gloves, although full summer, at 4’000 metres, temperatures are freezing. The peak rises above you. A solid hour to go with a techinical 55 degree ice left. Your ice axe sinks in the slope, no blank ice. The sike rises as your friend and you realize the last bit to the top has started. Soon you will be rewarded with beautiful views.

At 12:30 you stand on the summit. Breathing heavy from the technical, tired yet fulfilled. The only people on the summit are your friend and yourself. Whilst congratulating your partner on the clinb, you gaze into the distance at lands which you haven’t traveled and admiring new peaks in the distace. You feel exilarated yet also vulnerable, realizing how small you are on the scale of mountains. After a short break, you say: “shall we?” The project is only half done.

Some 6 hours later you safely get back to the hut. The day is over. Spent and exausted, you enjoy the setting sun and stare at your achievement. Moments later your friend comes and shows you an other route. A beautiful line up this tight couloir and the mountain adjacent to it. You look at him and smile: “soon, very soon” and close the boom the admire the coulored setting sun whilst eating some warm food.”

The AlpenCie is the commitee who enjoys nothing more than being the alpine environement. Wether raised alpinist or new to the sport, feel welcome to join if the wilderness is what motivates you to go out!

Contact us at alpencie@maassac.nl

Since the building of the climbing wall at UM sports, we have had the opportunity to set new routes there, and also introduce people to route setting for the first time. This has been the role of the route setting committee.

At the moment it is not really a committee, but has the potential to expand into something more. Over the past couple of years we have only been setting a handful of new routes at UM sports every few months, in future we would like to make this process more efficient, so that we can create new routes there much more frequently.

Route setting is a great way to improve your route reading ability and it can be very rewarding to create something of your own. For that reason, we recommend that you come and set a route to see if you like it. If you are interested please contact routesetting@maassac.nl

This section is still a work in progress, check back soon!

Like any other association, MaasSAC also celebrates its anniversary. But, every five years we celebrate this in a more special way which we call the lustrum! The lustrum party is a day filled with awesome activities, great food and lots of fun. It is also a way for the older and younger generations of MaasSAC to get to know each other and bond over our mutual passion for climbing and the outdoors!

Usually during the lustrum year, the SAC will organize the National Student Climbing Championships (NSK lead or NSK boulder). We hope to be able to organize this somewhere the upcoming years in our beautiful Maastricht!

This section is still a work in progress, check back soon!

This section is still a work in progress, check back soon!