Mountain Activities

 

Hill Walking Mountain Activities Rock Climbing
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The two main Mountain Activities are Hill Walking (top of page) and Climbing (bottom of page)

Hill Walking

A raft of general information about this activity can be found via The Scout Association Website, click here to go the main page.

The County run a number of hill walking events over the year to support and encourage members to get their boots on and head for the hills.

Leader Walking DaysCadir Picture

One day a month from November to April a walk in the hill is planned to encourage adults to get out and gain more experience hill walking.  Each day is run by an experienced Leader and is open to any adult from within the movement whatever their experience level.  Walks are advertised on the County Calendar and the Activate Events Page or alternatively you can join the email listing and get full details sent out to you a week or so before each walk.  To get on the email list or to find out further information contact Rob Williams DCC (Activities)

Leader Walking and Climbing Weekend

Usually on the second weekend in May the County holds its Leader Walking Weekend in North Wales.  Individuals looking to gain a Permit for hill walking can be assessed on this weekend or come along for training / experience toward a Permit.  The weekend is again open to all adults within the movement whatever their experience level. The event is advertised on the County Calendar and the Activate Events Page or contact Rob Williams DCC (Activities) for further information.

Scout and Explorer Walking Weekend

Scouts & Explorers Walking Weekend 2015

A weekend walking based in north Wales and usually on the first weekend in October. The event is advertised on the County Calendar and the Activate Events Page or contact Rob Williams DCC (Activities) for further information.

For further information on Hill Walking please contract Rob Williams DCC (Activities) via e-mail dccact@hwscouts.org.uk.

 Climbing

A raft of general information about this activity can be found on The Scout Associations website. Click here to open the page.

The County run a number of climbing events over the year to support and encourage members to get out and climb on man-made walls or on natural rock crags.  Most of these events are run by the Activate Team who support the County Climbing Advisor and the County Climbing Assessors in providing this most enjoyable but challenging activity.

Whatever your climbing needs members of the Activate Team can fill them.  Session and training in all aspects of rock climbing can be arranged.  Venues for your sessions can be both manmade walls and outdoor natural rock crags.  The Team can cater for the complete novice to the experienced climber. 

Low Wall

Over the year they run a programme of Leader Training courses: - 

Instructing Manmade Walls and Towers  

These weekend courses are for those who are interested in working towards a Permit to instruct climbing on manmade climbing walls and towers.  Very little experience is required but candidates must be able to work comfortably at heights of up to 12 metres. Usually two courses are programmed in each year, but additional courses can run as required. Rhydd Covert Scout Campsite and Kinver Scout Campsite are both used over the weekends. These events are advertised on the County Calendar and the Activities Events Page, or contact Tim Jones (see below) the County Climbing Advisor for further information.

Natural Rock Crags  

Climbing

These weekend courses are for those who are interested in working towards a Permit to instruct climbing on natural crags.  This course is not for the complete novice but is suitable for those instructors or trainee instructors with only man made wall experience.  Participants will need to be comfortable working at heights of up to 20 metres and be competent belayers. Usually this course is run as the need requires. If you require further information contact Tim Jones the County Climbing Advisor. Tim can be contact via e-mail at: climbing@hwscouts.org.uk .

Experience Days  

Over the year the Team also runs a number of experience days out on real rock or at one of the local commercial climbing centres.

These events are advertised on the County Calendar and the Activities Events Page, or contact Tim Jones the County Climbing Advisor for further information.  

Belay

On Rock days are aimed at any adults wishing to gain more experience at climbing or for experienced climbers wishing to log some extra climbing time.  These sessions are usually run over the winter months and are advertised on the County Calendar and the Activities Events Page

Roc On days are aimed at giving parties of Scouts or Explorers a chance to climb on natural rock crags. Over the summer the Activate Team usually programmes in several of these days but extra days can be booked if your unit requires them.  In recent years the Activate Team has also run some evening sessions during the long summer nights at Symonds Yat Rocks. These sessions give a short but useful introduction to climbing on natural rock crags.

I know no better physical exercise than this, since it not only trains and develops every muscle in the body, it also encourages healthy living and the development of nerve, endurance and resourcefulness, besides being a most enjoyable form of recreation.  It needs careful practice and instruction to begin with but once a Scout is good at climbing, it has a tremendous attraction. It offers never-ending variety and it cannot fail to keep him fit and happy.
Baden Powell