Outdoor and Environmental Education

Scottish Rock Climbing

In the UK, rock climbing began with the botanic exploration of cliffs in the mountains, and was later used as preparation for scaling the higher peaks of the Alps and greater ranges.


Today, it is an activity in its own right, both indoors on artificial climbing surfaces and outdoors on natural rock. The Rock Climbing course follows a progression that begins with the Summer Mountain Leader syllabus for security on steep ground. Next, it moves to easy scrambling as a way of introducing the basics of rock climbing. The second half of the course focuses on increasing proficiency in the single pitch environment. This involves developing both personal climbing and abseiling skills, as well has honing group teaching and supervision skills.