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General Climbing Discussion

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climbing walls for schools??? 14-Sep-2005 At 11:50:14 AM steph
My old school had and still has a climbing wall (in Victoria). It has 7 top-ropes, bolts for leading, a roof block and an overhung ramp. Also a small traverse wall to the side and a possible bouldering cave in planning stage. No-one's ever been sued or had any serious accidents. The wall is around 7m high and the school gets funding from the sport department on the condition that we enter competitions and have an actual club. We were supposed to contribute $2 per week for use of ropes, wall, harness and shoes etc, but the club has thrived even though most lazy bums *forget* to pay :p

Something that was discovered was that you really need a fair bit of interest and a teacher and supporting route-setter for it to be worthwhile. The other campus of our school has a wall but it's practically deserted as no-one is involved (teachers or students) over there.

IMO it's a great idea, our club and wall have lasted for over 10 years, only recently entering competitions and absolutely owning them cos of frequent training.

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