During the first week of August, 9 pupils embarked on this year’s Climbing Club Summer trip. Following on from 2 previous trips this year had to live up to high expectations. Rather than heading to an island as we have in previous years we headed to the North West corner of Scotland, mainly in the areas surrounding Scourie, Kinlochbervie, Durness and Tongue.
This year we were very fortunate to be accompanied by Paul Calton from ClimbScotland. We are a partner club with ClimbScotland and have benefited several times in the last year from their experience and expertise. To find out more about the work that ClimbScotland do visit climbscotland.net.
We managed to achieve so much in the six days of the trip and we had some amazing experiences including: 4 days climbing on varied and challenging crags, 4 nights wild camping at some of the most beautiful locations in the North West, cooking on a Trangia stove, a new Munro, abseiling, tyrolean traverse, rescuing a sheep and so much more. This was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and one that will hopefully stay with us forever.
The group of pupils on this trip were superb. It was a pleasure to take them on the trip and to see them develop their climbing skills in such gorgeous locations. For the whole trip everyone was engaged, polite, respectful and focused on whatever task was facing them. They thrived on every challenge and worked well individually and as part of a team. They demonstrated safe and reliable rope work abilities whilst showing an enthusiasm to learn new skills and techniques. The trip was fantastic fun for staff and pupils and we look forward to running similar trips in the future.
Some photos are shown here. For more photos of the trip please visit our Facebook page.
Pupils on the trip: Charlie Jones S2, Ewen Munro S2, Ethan Macaskill S2, Finbar Doig S4, Lewis Anderson S4, Patrick Morris S4, Rory Barker S4, Rebekah Morris S6, Jenna Bisset S6
Staff: Paul Calton (ClimbScotland), Mr Richards.
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, Principal Teacher of Technical