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Climbing is offered all year round at the Senior School and available as an activity and as part of Coghill to pupils in the Lower and Middle School.

The Outram Wall

At Haileybury, the Outram Climbing Wall (named after a famous OH who explored and climbed in the Canadian Rockies) is available across all year groups for co-curricular clubs and as a sports option for those in the Sixth Form.  The climbing wall enables pupils to gain the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) Level 2 and also fulfils the GCSE Climbing requirement.

The Sport of Climbing

“I’ve tried many sports, but climbing is the best. The beauty of this sport is that no matter how good you get, you can always find a way to challenge yourself.”

Randy Leavitt, pioneering American mountaineer

Climbing is sport where agility, balance and coordination are all developed in the individual climber as well as self-confidence and physical strengthReliance and team work are also developed between climber and belayer.  All pupils who experience climbing at Haileybury gain these skills but also can achieve individual success by challenging themselves to climb harder and more technical routes as their skill level progresses.  It is by learning to accept that when challenged, failure may be faced and how that failure is turned to success by completing the climb that can be translated into their academic work that makes climbing a positive influence on resilience, both mental and physical.

Translating Skills

The opportunity exists to take pupils to climb on real rock in the Peak District and to extend their experience and translate the artificial climbing experience to challenging rock climbs on some of the best rock in the United Kingdom.

Useful Links

National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme:  https://www.nicas.co.uk/about

British Mountaineering Council: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/