Perse climbers reach new heights on exciting trips

Perse climbers were on a high after exciting expeditions to the Lake District and Peak District.

A group of 20 Development Climbing Club members had a memorable experience in the Lakes, including tackling a via ferrata (protected climbing route) in the snow at Honister Slate Mine.

Winter mountaineering skills were put to the test on Skiddaw as they learned more about emergency shelter building, with the group creating an igloo, as well as climbing movement skills on top rope, auto belay and bouldering.

Despite strong winds and snow cover, all students summited Little Man Skiddaw, with half the group going on to summit Skiddaw.

Before making the journey back, the pupils stopped off at Kendal Wall, which has the tallest climbing wall in England, and got to try a power cave in the bouldering room, which was the steepest angle any of them had climbed before.

Perse Head of Outdoor Pursuits Ben Parker said: “Despite the demanding weather conditions, the group adapted to the circumstances and were ready and eager to develop their mountaineering skills.”

Meanwhile, Foundation Climbing Club began their journey to the Peak District with a stop at Awesome Walls in Sheffield, the home of the sport’s national performance centre.

There they engaged with a wide range of climbing styles, making the most of feature walls, tall top ropes, auto belays and a variety of indoors bouldering.

The following day saw the group visit The Climbing Works and watched an international indoor bouldering competition before having the chance to try some of the qualifying routes for the event.

With the weather improving, the pupils headed outside to Birchen Edge to practise their skills on real rock faces and take part in some abseiling.

Perse outdoor pursuits instructor Matt Woolf, who led the trip, said: “It was a great introduction into the wider world of climbing, with the opportunity to see the heights some climbers can reach in their careers, as well as experiencing some of the best venues in the Peak District.”


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