Rock Climbing Club offers pupils at our school the opportunity to take part in an exiting new venture outside of the taught curriculum. Led by Miss Harrington-Booth, along with support from other members of staff, boys have the opportunity to learn rock climbing techniques and skills most weeks at the indoor walls at the local Craggy Island Climbing Centre, before taking part in an exciting climbing excursion in the summer term.
Fourteen Go Mad in Dorset!
Rock Climbing Trip - Sean Purtell 9K
On Friday 12th July a group of fourteen boys ranging from year nine to eleven were led by Miss Harrington-Booth and Mr Canton, on a climbing excursion to Portland, Dorset. After a delayed journey of seven hours, we arrived at Portland Bill Lighthouse, our accommodation for the weekend. That evening, we all pitched in and prepared our dinner under careful supervision and prepared our lunches for the next day.
On Saturday, we drove to Cheyne Weare and met our instructors from Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre. We kitted up with harnesses and helmets and descended down to the crag via an incredibly steep route. We partook in six hours of rigorous rock climbing which required much physical and mental stamina as we were climbing in 30 degree heat! To help break the day up, an abseil was set up from the top of the cliff. Despite abseiling down after each climb, going over the edge was quite scary!
The journey back was thankfully shorter and we stopped off at Chesil Beach, a geographical wonder. There was not as much talking on the way back as we were all exhausted!
The weekly ‘climbing club’ sessions to Craggy Island helped to prepare us for this trip but the challenge of outdoor climbing came as a new experience to us all! I would personally like to thank Miss Harrington-Booth and Mr Canton for taking us on the trip and providing us with an experience which will not be forgotten for a long time. I hope I speak for the entire climbing group when I say ‘thank you’ and I am looking forward to the possibility of another climbing trip next year!