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RealRock sessions

RealRock sessions are run by our ClimbScotland team to support young people aged 8-18 years old in the transition from indoor to outdoor climbing.

RealRock is designed for young people who have prior indoor climbing experience. Participants get access to professional climbing instructors who will give advice on techniques and equipment, along with the confidence to make those first moves on rock.

Depending on the venue and the individuals attending, sessions can either be trad climbing or sport climbing.

Parents or guardians of participants must provide their own transport to the climbing venue, and under-14s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the whole session. In fact parents are encouraged to take part and to take their own climbing equipment if keen.

Participants will require technical equipment, including harness, belay plate, rock shoes and helmet. Being familiar with your own equipment will maximise what you get out of the day, so participants are asked to come prepared with all the required kit.

RealRock sessions are very weather dependent. Every effort is made to run the sessions outdoors (so pack waterproofs!) but if the weather really is unsuitable an alternative programme will be run.

In the hunt for dry rock, it may be necessary to travel further than originally planned.

If sessions do have to take place indoors due to weather, participants will be required to pay wall entry fees, as these are not covered in the cost of  the RealRock sessions.

Bookings are non-refundable.

Dates Locations Climbing style
23 June
Perthshire & Angus
Trad
14 July Moray & Aberdeenshire
Trad
4 August
Central Belt & Perthshire Sport
25 August Moray & Aberdeenshire
Trad/bouldering
29 - 30 September
Highlands - Reiff Trad

* The venue for RealRock sessions will be confirmed two days before the session is due to take place. This allows ClimbScotland staff to be flexible with weather and the hunt for dry rock.

  • For Mountaineering Scotland or ClimbScotland Gold members - £35 per person
  • For non-members - £45 (this includes a year’s membership!)

  • Booking should be done through the members’ web portal.
  • Existing members who are first time users of the portal will need to set up their login via the 'forgotten password' link and follow on-screen instructions. Once in, go to the 'book an event' tab and select the RealRock session you want.
  • Non-members will need to login to the portal via the ‘Join us’ option, enter your details and follow on-screen instructions. Go into the "Your details" tab and complete the required fields before heading for the "Book an event" tab. Select the non-member price for the RealRock session you would like to attend. This includes a year’s ClimbScotland Gold membership.
  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email with more information about RealRock sessions.
  • New members will get their membership pack through the post in a week. Find out more about what you get as Mountaineering Scotland member.

For more information on RealRock and other opportunities for young climbers, check the ClimbScotland website, or email the team at info@climbscotland.net