What is it?

Sport climbs are climbs which are protected by bolts. These are placed into the rock by the first person to climb the route and left for others to use. Sport climbing is what you do at indoor climbing walls. It is a good introduction to climbing for children and beginners. It is a very popular sport in its own right and some climbers will focus purely on sport climbing and not participate in any of the other climbing disciplines. It’s also a great way to train for the other types of climbing and can help improve your technique and strength.

Looking after yourself

Sport climbing can involve you lead climbing and so requires some prior knowledge about how to do this or having someone with you who has previous experience.

Things to think about

  • Take responsibility for your own safety and inspect the bolts. Do not rely on them if they appear rusted or loose.
  • If lead climbing, make sure you know how to do this correctly.
  • If top-roping, make sure you clip your own karabiners at the top to prevent wear on the in situ gear.
  • If it’s your first time outside then drop below the grade you climb indoors - at least for your first climb.

Outdoor Venues

There are plenty of good sport climbing venues to visit in Scotland and some of these can be climbed on all year round. Why not visit Benny Beg. Or check out your local climbing wall.

Want to know more?

Scottish Sport Climbs guide by SMC
7a Max guide book

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