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Would you like to work towards a climbing permit, but are new to climbing or a bit ‘rusty’ on the basics? Then this training day could be for you!

We’ll cover the fundamental personal skills needed to climb safely at climbing centres and encourage you to build a solid personal foundation; the first step towards any Leadership permit. We’ll meet at Histon Scout hut, introduce key topics and then move to a climbing centre for the rest of the day.

Details Dates: 25/1/20

Time: 09:15 for 09:30 start. Finish 18:00 @ the centre.

Venues: AM 1st Histon scout hut, 1 Park Dr, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9LY and PM Pinnacles Centre, Main Rd, Northampton NN4 8ES (~1hr drive)

Cost: £25 payable to ‘1st Histon Scout Group’. Includes PPE, shoe & equipment hire, and entry to the centre.

Lunch: Please bring your own snacks, drink and packed lunch. The centre also has a cafe for snacks and drinks, but not meals.

Wear/bring: Clothing to climb in! Notepad & pen. You are welcome to bring personal kit if you have it.

Prior experience: None.

Prerequisites: By the nature and purpose of the course, attendees must: 

  • Be interested in encouraging climbing within Scouting,
  • Be able to make this day in full
  • Be prepared to invest further time climbing, even if just occasionally. Otherwise you’ll only get rusty again… 
  • Be fit enough to climb. You need to ‘walk-the-walk’ for those future demo’s to Scouts, not just tie the knots… 
  • Be, and have a reputation for being, a ‘safe pair of hands’ with an attention to detail. Quite simply the safety and trust of your colleagues and charges is paramount.

Homework! : There’ll be some supportive pre-course material to help. After the course, go climbing! Assessment: None!

These are fun sessions and there are limited spaces. So if you are interested, please email me ASAP to book a place. I will confirm accordingly. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Paul Smith SL 1st Histon, County climbing assessor