About the ESAC
The Eindhoven Students Alpine Club (ESAC) is among the bigger student sports clubs in Eindhoven. It offers its members all things necessary for practicing mountain sports: climbing activities, information, training and equipment. The climbing activities differ widely, from sport climbing in a gym through rock climbing in Belgium to scaling the higher peaks in the Swiss Alps. Apart from those, other activities are also organized, like training sessions, parties, skiing and hiking trips, and much more... The weekly training scheme can be found here.
Many of the links on this site are in Dutch; sorry about that. Please email the board if you want more information.
Uko flying high.
Many ESAC-members spend (part of) their summer in the Alps. They make tours, either individually, in a course or with our club. Possibilities include:
Climbing with the ESAC...
Summer coursesESAC is allied with other Student Alpine Clubs in NSAC. This Netherlands Students Alpine Club organizes summer climbing courses in the Alps. The program offered consists of beginner-, semi-advanced-, advanced-, leader-, and sports climbing courses. Attending one of these courses prepares you to make alpine tours on your own, and eventually teach to groups of less experienced climbers.
ESAC-Basecamp (EBI)Each summer we have a different camping site somewhere in the Alps for a basecamp, where we will stay for apprx. 2 weeks. From this camp tours can be made in groups with an average of four members.
Rope exerciseTechniques involving rope and other equipment are taught during our climbing weekends and at several Tuesday evenings at our own outdoor climbing wall. These evenings are not only meant to teach new techniques to the less experienced, but at least as importantly are aimed at synchronizing, and wherever necessary correcting, the know-how already mastered by our members. Another important goal is ensuring that our climbers evolve safely and quickly into rope leaders who can then train and educate the newer members. This ongoing process is essential to our club, as it is the only way to provide beginning climbers with a safe start. A commission provides an overview of the techniques to be mastered by publishing booklets available to all members. Different issues for both the less and more experienced climber are available (Dutch only, but the images are self-explanatoiry).
Winter coursesEver since they started them in 1993, NSAC have been organizing off-piste skiing courses. These courses are structured like the summer courses to offer a safe introduction to this beautiful type of alpine sport.
Sports climbing is a year-round activity for most ESAC-members. Not only do we climb in Belgium, Germany and France in every season, we also have some excellent artificial training structures available in Eindhoven.
Jeroen climbs in Saffres.
Climbing weekends and holidaysEvery year, mainly during spring and autumn, ESAC organize about 30 climbing weekends in the Belgian and German crags. Apart from that, we have longer trips to France or Italy at Christmas and easter. During Ascention we traditionally climb the boulders (low rocks) in Fontainebleau, France.
Climbing wall and gymThe Eindhoven students sports centre provides us with an excellent outdoor climbing wall and for a few years with an indoor "boulder" wall. A training is given here once a week for both more and less advanced climbers. Furthermore, every Monday evening members of ESAC are climbing for free in the Eindhoven indoor climbing gym Neoliet zuid.
Apart from climbing 'pur sang', we do a lot of other things, ranging from exercising to editing a club magazine. Because a sports club is more than sporting, and climbing is much more than just the climbing gym.
No party without a bit of beer...
ExerciseESAC trains on bouldering Wednesdays at the SSCE from 19:30 to 22:00 h, with afterwards an abs (core) training. The training is for beginners and advanced climbers under a professional trainer. Anyone with a valid students sports card can attend them a few times before becoming a member. On mondays there is a climbing gym training at Neoliet South.
Parties, drinks and lecturesOn a regular basis, the activities committee organizes a lecture by a famous climber, a party or some other leisure activity, like the traditional 'Sinterklaasborrel'.
Library and equipment depotESAC have their own libary of climbing books, topos and maps, as well as an extended collection of climbing equipment, available to members so you don't have to buy all of your stuff at once.
Club magazineNot really an activity of course, but still of advantage to all members, is our bi-monthly club mag the 'Musketon', containing tons of information and stories. Our club calender and news are published monthly in the newsletters.
Special activitiesA few times every year, sports other than climbing are practiced, like caving, path finding and skiing. We also take part in the worlds' biggest students running event, the 'Batavierenrace'. Follow courses in climbing or becoming instructor are also possibilities. Joining a committee and becoming an active member are also very interesting and broadening your horizon besides your study. Committees and active members are invaluable for a club as ESAC to organize activities and courses for her members.
NewbieweekendsEvery year there is a number of climbing weekend, usually in the Belgian crags, dedicated to our new and future members. During these weekends, we try to give people a good impression of climbing in general and ESAC in specific, and provide them with a good base for future climbing activities. For dates please see our agenda.
To become a member of the ESAC, you have to fill in a subscription form—which you can either get from the secretary or another board member at a training, or which you can download right here (version: January 2017)—and hand it in to a board member or put it in the ESAC mailbox at the sports centre.
If you're not yet sure whether or not you want to become a member, you can always join us during a Wednesday training session at the sports centre. We'd like to show you what climbing and being a member of the ESAC are all about. You can direct any questions to the board.
The terms of membership of the ESAC are as follows:
- Students of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences Eindhoven and Design Academy Eindhoven can become members of the ESAC.
- To become a member, having a sports card of the Student Sports Centre Eindhoven is mandatory. This card can be bought at the sports centre and can also be used to participate in many other sports that are offered by the sports centre.
- The contribution per calendar year is € 25,- and will be collected at January the first. From September to December, the contribution is only € 10,- (situation summer 2016).
- Members that have subscribed in or after September the first of a specific year (and therefore pay the reduced contribution) can't unsubscribe in the same year. They'll have to wait a year, and pay at least one time the reduced contribution and one time the usual contribution.
- All members that want to participate in ESAC climbing weekends or summer courses must have an insurance that covers (extreme) mountain sports. A membership and insurance of the NKBV are strongly recommended.
- Cost of an NKBV membership: € 48,- (up to 24 years old, otherwise € 51,50) (situation summer 2016)
- Cost of an NKBV insurance: € 29,75 (situation summer 2016)
- Both the NKBV membership and insurance are per calendar year. An arrangement can often be made for members who joined after the summer; this way, they won't have to get an insurance for only one climbing weekend.
- If you want to climb in Belgium regularly you might want to buy a 'climbing card' as well (€ 20,-). With this card, you can obtain one of the access cards to the Belgian crags for a specific weekend as access to these crags is limited by the Belgian mountaineering federation.
How can you reach us?
Onze Lieve Vrouwestraat 1
5612 AW Eindhoven
Material rental, and meeting point for weekends: Route description to the Material Depot at the SSC
http://esac.climbing.nl/ provides you with loads of info... in Dutch. However, most information will be announced in the agenda and through mailings, in both English as Dutch.
(Tip: use a browser translator, or mail the board)
Bank account numbers
General: NL75 RABO 0117 0524 85 t.n.v. ESAC
Weekends: NL38 RABO 0106 3855 42 t.n.v. ESAC