Climbing in the natural environment
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.
If any participants are under the age of 18, the provider must be licenced by the Adventurous Activities Licencing Authority.
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):
- Single Pitch Award (SPA)
- 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.
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