What an awesome weekend!

August saw the first ever 'Gan Climbing' event, a weekend highlighting the amazing outdoor trad and sport climbing on offer in Orkney. Hosted by the Orkney Climbing Club, our RDO Robert headed up there for a fantastic couple of days which showed him just how much young climbers across Scotland love climbing.

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How did it come about?

The mastermind behind this new event? Ian Rendall, Chairperson for the Orkney Climbing Club, is forever driving south with an amazingly enthusiastic bunch of kids, to competitions and coaching events. He’s been telling people about the great climbing in Orkney and how cool it would be to get some kids from across Scotland to come up and climb with his club. Well enough was enough and Ian invited a "small" group of parents and kids from all over to come up for a weekend of climbing.

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Small was a bit of an understatement, as the first day saw over 50 people, from as far afield as Aberdeen and Glasgow!

Saturday - Yesnaby Quarry

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On Saturday the crew descended on Yesnaby Quarry. This old quarry boasts sport climbs of up to 7a+ and a huge choice of trad climbing. It was a perfect venue for all the kids to go climbing together. With an impressive 11 ropes running at one point, everyone got plenty climbing in.

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After a full day of climbing, and everyone pushing themselves on a classic E1, we broke out Ian's secret invention: the BBQ Frankenstein's monster used! This brilliant creation, as functional as it was, is still one of the most hilarious things I’ve taken to a crag.

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When everyone was fed and watered the rain started and most people bailed, leaving only the hardcore to eat the rest of the soggy food. What a brilliant day from start to finish!

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Sunday - Roseness Sea Cliffs

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This was a calmer day with 30 people heading east to Roseness for some classic sea cliff trad climbing. A brilliant crag with loads of great easy climbs and sun all day. Some of the kids who still had any energy left asked for something harder, so we thought a top-rope on an E2 would be enough, but no, they cruised it.

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To sum up...

Gan Climbing 2017 was an amazing weekend with some amazing climbers. It was great to see such enthusiasm and love for climbing and see so many young climbers getting into outdoor climbing. I’m very glad I got to help out for this weekend and I will be so psyched to see it happen again.

Roll on Gan Climbing 2018!

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Cheers

Special thanks to the Orkney Climbing Club for hosting all the climbers for the weekend and to the Pickaquoy Leisure Centre for keeping the wall free for us in case the weather turned.

A massive thank you Ian Rendall for organising this awesome trip. Strong work mate.

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