The Climbing Club
Time of Meetings
The Climbing Club is one of the most sociable and enthusiastic fraternities within the school. The loyal members are dedicated to this fast-growing sport and keen to pass on their expertise to new recruits. The Club meets on a Monday afternoon, usually at the Hotrock Climbing Wall in the Tollymore Mountain Centre. A qualified climbing instructor is always on hand to ensure that this is a safe and enjoyable experience for all those who take part.
A number of members have been climbing for several years and gained certificates in recognition of their developing skills. They have learned how to belay ropes, utilise karabiners and attach cams. New members are belayed by the old hands and rapidly grow in both confidence and skill. The indoor walls at Hotrock and the Ozone provide myriad challenges to satisfy all levels of ability.
During the Summer Term, climbing is offered as a Senior Games option. Attempts are also made to train up smaller groups of junior pupils once the seniors go on study leave. The objective is to build for the future and to ensure a healthy balance of experience and new blood.
Climbing is a fun and challenging sport. It often appeals to pupils who have little interest in traditional team sports. Success is evident in the fact that many of the Down High climbers who honed their skills at Hotrock have gone on to enjoy many challenging outdoor climbs across the British Isles. Tara O’Neill (Year 12) is a member of the NI Youth Climbing Team.The only way is up!