Climbing in the natural environment

Includes: rock climbing, outdoor climbing, mountaineering, mountain, land, Outdoors, Adventurous, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Ready to rock?

Sometimes, when you see a rock you just want to climb it! Teach girls how to do this safely so they can explore and climb in the great outdoors.


Climbing in the natural environment involves climbing up or across natural rock formations.

For more information, visit the Girlguiding Climbing Technical Adviser blog.

To take girls climbing in the natural environment, you will need to find a qualified instructor.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

If any participants are under the age of 18, the provider must be licenced by the Adventurous Activities Licencing Authority.

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure.

AALA and the above endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

The climbing instructor must hold the appropriate level of qualification for the terrain from one of the following:

Mountain Training UK (MTUK) Climbing Qualification (SPA or higher):

  • Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)
  • Mountain Instructor Award (MIA)
  • Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC)


If you are unfamiliar with climbing qualifications, or if any alternative qualifications are held by instructors, please contact [email protected] to check whether these are suitable.

The instructor must ensure:

  • on multi-pitch climbs there are no more than two participants per leader
  • helmets are worn
  • access permission has been gained if appropriate, and any seasonal restrictions are observed
  • rock formations with recognised archaeological, geological or wildlife interests are avoided.

All equipment used must be of a standard considered suitable for climbing.

The British Mountaineering Council provides environmental guidelines which must be followed.

How many adults are needed?



  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities

Girlguiding activity centres for climbing in the natural envrionment

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Blackland Farm

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