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Climbing

Reach for the stars during this climbing adventure. How high up can you get?
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What to expect

Climbing’s been around for ages – and there are loads of different ways to give it a go indoors, outdoors, and as a sport. In traditional climbing, the climber’s harnessed to a rope while they climb the wall – the rope’s attached to a belayer on the ground to keep them safe.

What you’ll learn

Climbing’s a great chance to find your bravery while being active. Setting targets is a great way to see how much you’ve achieved, whether you’re aiming for one metre high off the ground or the top of the wall. It’s also important to encourage your friends as people work as a team to try something new.

Fun facts

Mountaineering’s a type of alpine or ice climbing – it’s how people reach the top of the world’s biggest mountains. It helped Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.

Handy hints

  • Something to practise. Knowing some knots before you go climbing can help you during the activity. Have a go at Knot a race with everyone before you go.
  • Dress for the occasion. Climbing can get chilly while you are waiting to have a go, so pack plenty of layers. Don’t rely on a big, puffy coat as you may need to take it off to wear the harness.
  • Grab some extra hair bobbles. People with long hair will probably need to tie it back. Take a few extra hair ties, just in case anyone forgets.
  • Make sure your camera has a strap. Climbing is a great opportunity to get pictures, but you need to keep your camera safe. A camera strap’s the best way to do this.

We’re reworking our safety guidance for adventurous activities to make it easier to understand and follow.

In the meantime, before you try climbing, review the safety information here.

Reflection

Climbing’s a great chance for people to be courageous. Did anyone overcome a worry or face a fear? What helped them to do this? Hopefully people encouraged each other to be more courageous. How did people encourage one another? Well done to everyone who faced their fears, whether they took one step onto the wall or reached the top. 

Climbing’s also an opportunity to be active. People used their muscles and strength to climb as high as they could – how does climbing help people build their fitness and wellbeing? What other active skills does climbing help people develop? People may think about flexibility and coordination. Did anyone set themselves a target? Did they achieve it? It’s OK if people didn’t reach their goals – hopefully they’ll have another chance to try again. Everyone should focus on everything they did achieve, from learning to put harnesses on to congratulating and encouraging others.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.