Young Climbers Scale New Heights at Inaugural Climbing Competition

Towards the end of January, over 40 young climbers from four local schools came together at Ingleton Climbing Wall for the first Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School invitational climbing competition. Pupils from Sedbergh, Giggleswick, QES Kirkby Lonsdale and Windermere tested their skills on three roped routes and six boulder problems of varying difficulties, scoring points for each climb.

The event was organised by Sedbergh Prep School teacher Nick Verney, with the help and support of Craig Perkins and Debby Kuhlmann from Ingleton Climbing Wall. Speaking about the event Nick Verney said “Climbing is such a great sport. Our aims were to bring young climbers together and to generate a buzz around climbing in school, and we definitely achieved that. The atmosphere in the wall during the competition was incredible – there was so much enthusiasm and excitement, and it was great to see pupils from so many different schools giving it their all and supporting each other on the climbs.

Ingleton wall owners Craig and Debby said “It was fantastic to have so many enthusiastic and talented climbers at Ingleton Wall, working together to solve problems and being really supportive of one another. It was a great first event, and we look forward to hosting more in the future.”

The competition was very close, with climbers from all the schools represented in the top 10. The individual competition was won by up-and-coming talent Cecily Kinloch – a pupil at Sedbergh Prep. In fact, it was Cecily – a keen climber – who came up with the idea in the first place, asking her teachers if they could organise a climbing competition!

The event was such a success that Sedbergh Prep School hope to organise an event for primary school children in the summer term. If your school would be interested in being involved, please contact Nick Verney at prepoffice@sedberghprep.org

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