The British Mountaineering Council have produced a great leaflet explaining the benefits and the risks of these activities for young children. A great introductory guide for those parents unsure about what is involved – this could help reassure parents of young potential participants.
The leaflet can be ordered or there is a free download. Please see: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/a-parents-guide-to-climbing-walking-and-mountaineering?s=2
The BMC have created a new video channel, with loads of free videos about climbing, walking and mountaineering in general. There are instructional videos so if there’s anything you are unsure of please check it out.. Continue reading
The Climbing Walls Award issued by Mountain Leader Training has for a while been an ‘equivalent award’ for Girlguiding. This means that you do not need the Girlguiding Level 1 Award if you hold the Climbing Walls Award (CWA). Please note that the Climbing Walls Award Continue reading
Glenbrook, for those of you who love a great guiding centre with loads of climbing nearby, offers climbing offsite using local instructors. Costs can be from £15 per participant, and sessions can be arranged anytime. They’ve now got a great and informative website at: http://glenbrookguides.wordpress.com/
Sun and Rock at Joshua Tree
Your author is currently climbing in Joshua Tree National Park in California – one of the world’s best climbing locations. Just to keep you up to date, it’s 70 degrees F here today with perfect sunshine, beautiful granite with immaculate friction.. Continue reading
There has been a little confusion about “weaselling’ recently. To clear it up..
‘Weaselling’ is the local name in the Peak District for rock scrambling. This has been a very popular activity for many years in the area with outdoor groups.
Weaselling is classed as a climbing related activity as it: a) requires the use of helmets, spotting and climbing techniques; b) can involve considerable drops and work near cliff edges (e.g. Higger Tor); c) is usually undertaken in areas recognised as climbing crags.
Therefore the qualifications for weaselling are:
– A National Governing Body outdoor climbing qualification: SPA, MIA, MIC, British Mountain Guide. (NB Not Climbing Wall Award)
– OR a competent adult in possession of appropriate First Aid certificate who has been trained by a holder of the MIA or MIC. The assessment must be carried out directly, and signed, by the MIA/MIC holder. This training will be site specific. The training will normally be valid for a period to be decided by the MIA/MIC but not more than five years.
This information will also appear in the ‘Equivalent Awards’ section of the climbing website.