Borrowing gear

SUBW has an extensive selection of gear that can be borrowed by members for club trips. Please note, that this gear is for official club trips only and must not be used for private endeavours.

A gear deposit system was implemented in 2024 to combat people stealing equipment, details of that are below.

Our gear covers a range of activities such as overnight trips (e.g. tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, backpacks, …) and canyoning (e.g. harnesses, helmets, dry bags, ropes, …). We also have PLBs that we encourage trip leaders to take on their trips if they don’t have their own.

When and how to borrow

Gear nights are advertised on the walks programme. Usually, they are Thursdays in the late afternoon / early evening but keep an eye out since dates and times change depending on people’s availability.

If you want to borrow equipment, sign up for the gear night so the gear officers know that you are coming.

The gear locker is in the Wentworth Building. Instructions to meet up for a gear night are posted in the trip description, usually it is in front of the USYD Merch Store in Wentworth Building.

Gear Deposit System

The Gear Deposit System is detailed in this document.

Unfortunately, due to repeated instances of gear being stolen, we have had to make the difficult decision to implement a deposit system. We understand that this is off-putting to people who have been diligently borrowing gear from us, but the situation has reached an unacceptable level due to the behaviour of some borrowers, making this policy necessary.

From now on (effective 16th April 2024), when borrowing gear items, the gear officer (or authorised trip leader) will collect a deposit from the borrower. Upon return of the item(s) in their original condition, the deposit amount will be returned on-the-spot in full.

As this is a new policy that is being tested for the club, we are eager to hear your feedback on ways in which we can improve the deposit system outlined in this document to better suit the needs of the club.

Thank you for your cooperation with us on the matter, and we hope you understand why we have regrettably had to make this decision.

Returning gear

You can only keep the gear for the trip you borrowed it for and must return it during the week after the trip. Please return your gear in time because if you don’t there might not be enough for the trips on the next weekend.

If you have another club trip coming up the weekend directly after, please email the gear officers or the committee so we can extend your loan. You can only keep the gear if the trips are on consecutive weekends, otherwise, please return it so someone else can use it.

Private trips

Club gear may only be used on official club trips. No gear may be borrowed for private trips.