Six King’s Ely Senior students headed to Derbyshire to practise their ‘Level 1 Climbing Skills’.

Organised through our specialist outdoor education programme; Ely Scheme, the weekend expedition from October 6th-8th saw the group learning the foundations of solid skills required in order to become a competent climber.

Instructor, Sophie Cheng, said: “In unusually warm weather for the time of year, the pupils spent Saturday at Windgather Rocks, learning everything from harness fitting to crag etiquette, and tying onto the rope to solid and safe belaying skills. Climbing on the Peak District’s famous gritstone, all of the pupils moved well over the rock, learning to trust the smaller smears and edges as hand and foot holds.

“Sunday was spent at Burbage North, a part of the Peak well-known for its crack climbs and bolder face climbs. It was a great day spent refining and consolidating the skills learnt the previous day. Well done to all the climbers – Elijah, Ted, Michelle, Bernard, Findlay and Ben.”

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