“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
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
Climbing is sport where agility, balance and coordination are all developed in the individual climber as well as self-confidence and physical strength. Reliance 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.
The opportunity exists to take pupils to climb on real rock in the Peak District and so extend their experience and translate the artificial climbing experience to challenging rock climbs on some of the best rock in the United Kingdom.
National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme: https://www.nicas.co.uk/about
British Mountaineering Council: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/