Climbing Club Easter Trip

Beth Fraser 3T, Siobhan Gebicke–Kerr 3L2, Lewis Hilditch 3K2, Mr Narin, Miss Massey, Anthony Keyes 6S, Rebekah Morris 4L1, Jenna Bisset 4S2, Harry Barker 4T1, Rory Barker 1T2, Calum Finlayson 4S1

This Easter, Charleston Academy Climbing Club ran the first ‘Transition to Rock’ trip. This was run for pupils who already have some climbing skill and want to experience climbing on rock at some of the best climbing locations in Scotland. In total 9 pupils spent 2 days climbing and camping in the north west of Scotland.

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Day one had an early start, leaving Charleston at 7:30am, to ensure as much time climbing as possible. The venue for this days climbing was Reiff sea cliffs near Achiltibuie. This is a sandstone cliff providing a huge variety of routes with plenty to challenge the best climbers as well.

We spent that night in Gruinard bay campsite where the pupils set up camp and cooked meals independently and very effectively. It was a beautiful evening and we spent a long time on the beach enjoying the views and relaxing.

The weather on day two started off very well so we travelled to a crag called Aztec tower, just north of Gairloch. This is a fantastic climbing venue with loads of variety and plenty of options to practice techniques learnt on day one. It was pretty windy and some heavy, wintery showers were making conditions challenging. The pupils all took this in their stride and enjoyed the climbing and the challenge that came from setting up their own rope systems to secure themselves to the rock.

At mid-afternoon, after a quick stop in Gairloch for Ice cream there was a unanimous vote for a mystery tour of the west coast taking in Torridon, Loch Maree, Loch Carron and then up through Glen Carron to Achnasheen before heading home. The pupils loved seeing the scenery and were told lots of interesting facts about the mountains, climbing and the environments they were seeing.

All the pupils were superb and coped really well with difficult conditions and the complexities of climbing outdoors. They really impressed us in everything they did.

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A special thanks to Mr Nairn and Miss Massey for coming on the trip and helping the pupils have such a wonderful time.

Charleston Academy Climbing Club aims to give pupils a wide and varied experience of climbing by organising events that will challenge and develop climbing skills and promote enjoyment. For more information about the climbing club, see Mr Richards.

Mr Jonathan Richards, Technical Department

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