Get involved in the fastest form of climbing and new Olympic climbing discipline

The Speed Development Squad is based at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena which has the only IFSC standard Speed Climbing Wall in the UK. Why not come along and see what time you can set on the 15-metre high speed wall and try to improve that time through the coaching and support offered through the squad.

How to get involved

Sessions are on a Sunday between 12 & 3pm and run most weeks, but with other climbing events we would urge anyone planning a visit to check out the Speed Development Squad Facebook group for up-to-date information on sessions.

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What do I need?

Climbing shoes and harness are the two main bits of equipment you need to take part. If you don't have your own, you can hire these through the climbing centre at reception.

Chalk is handy too.

How much does it cost?

Taking part in the Speed Development Squad is free although you will need to pay the wall entry fee and sign in at reception either as a competent climber or under the supervision of one.

Pricing for EICA can be found here.

Here is what Scott Forsyth who is one of the Speed Development Squad volunteers had to say: "It’s all very relaxed, and we regularly have people giving it a go, both kids and adults. We will never turn anyone away and, even if we have to give a push start, everyone will be given every possible chance to record a time. For those with an interest in developing speed climbing skills we will do everything possible to offer help and support to improve times."

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Check out the great article by Impulse Mag about Speed Climbing in Scotland and the Speed Development Squad.

If you are after more information about the Speed Development Squad, you can contact them through their Facebook group or by emailing Scott Forsyth, one of the key volunteers, at:

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