Climbing to success
This week saw the start of The Perse’s first intra-school climbing competition. The climbing wall was open lunchtimes throughout the week for Middle and Lower School pupils to come in and try four new and challenging bottom rope routes. Thanks go to the sixth form climbers, in particular Sam Clarke (Y12) and Tristen Alphey (Y12), for helping set and test some interesting technical routes for the rest of the School.
The competition was a great success and really tested the climbing styles and techniques of the younger years. George Palozzi in Year 9 came in first with an extremely impressive 45.5 out of 47 points, Jo Schoenberg in Year 10 and Leo Barlow in Year 11 came in joint second place with 42.5, and James Mason in Year 9 claimed third place with 39.5 points. Well done to everyone who competed this week, and congratulations to Thomas Goodman in Year 9 for winning the La Sportiva chalk back in the random raffle.
The first prize included two tickets to see Neil Gresham, one of the UK’s top all round climbers and Kenton Cool, an international mountain guide who has 11 successful ascents of Everest under his belt. Part of the BMC lecture series, the talk proved to be insightful and inspiring, highlighting numerous avenues that climbing can be taken to from deep water soling to high level mountaineering.
Thank you to all students involved – we are looking forward to the next competition.