MEMBERS of the King’s Ely Climbing Club squeezed in plenty of practice during their trip to Derbyshire at the weekend (September 14th-16th).

The expedition was organised to enable Level 1 Climbers to consolidate their skills and transition into Level 2 Climbing.

Director of Outdoor Education at King’s Ely Senior, Sophie Cheng, said: “The weekend began with some recapping of belaying and safety skills, before moving on to the more advanced skills involved with lead belaying and seconding.

“Saturday was a busy day at Windgather, with the climbers getting to grips with some tricky climbs and learning to remove gear from the rock. For another pupil, it was a day of learning how to set up rigs for bottom roping and practising lead climbing and problem solving for his Level 4 Climbing and Climbing Assistant Skills.

“Sunday was spent indoors at the Climbing Unit in Derby, avoiding the rain and undertaking a final assessment of Level 1 skills.”

The Climbing Club is part of the Ely Scheme at King’s Ely, which offers boundless opportunities for pupils to explore and learn through outdoor education. A comprehensive and progressive programme of outdoor activities running from Year 9 is the lead-in to greater adventures on the rock face, rivers and mountains.

Outdoor education at King’s Ely offers pupils the chance to learn self-reliance, teamwork, creative thinking and a determined attitude to all tasks in life. Our unique programme is facilitated by specially selected and trained pupil instructors who deliver our activities and learn to become exceptional leaders.

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