17 pupils from S1 to S6 travelled to Elgin’s climbing wall, Spireroxx, on 18th December to take part in the qualifying round of the annual Scottish Schools Climbing Competition. Participants are tasked with climbing 4 routes of increasing difficulty over the course of the day, with a maximum score of 100 for each route. Scores are then collected from climbing walls across Scotland and the top qualifying participants will be invited to compete in the finals in Glasgow in March 2016.
Some of the competitors from Charleston have taken part in the competition previously, but for many of the younger pupils this was their first time competing. The routes set were fairly challenging, with almost all year group categories having to attempt the most difficult graded climb of the day; F7b. There were some particularly impressive scores recorded, including 380 out of the maximum 400 points from both Jasper Kinghorn (1S) and Rory Barker (3T2), 381 from Tom Kinghorn (4S1) and 378 from Ronan Hennessy (5S1).
Jenna Bisset (6S)