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.