Members enjoying some evening cragging

Rhoscolyn social climb 1 Wales started it, the Peak cottoned on and now the Lakes and South Wales want a slice!

North Wales region dodged the rain at Rhoscolyn

It sounds like a beer and BBQ event, which isn’t too far from the truth, just good tea, cakes, fabulous climbing, great locations with some super enthusiastic people! We started the summer socials last year and this year has seen a steady number of people turn up each time. The aim is really simple, just to have a fun enjoyable evening, you don’t even need to be a climber! These evenings have turned out to be a lot more though and we all individually take something further from them. Most people have met for the 1st time, climbing partnerships have been formed, new friends acquired, members have climbed their 1st outdoor routes, grades have been pushed, skills practised, single pitch / multi pitch routes climbed, sports venues visited, new crags visited, work opportunities have been thrown around, ideas for the future events discussed and plenty of laughs on the way! It’s whatever you want it to be!" Paul Poole - North Wales regional Coordinator

The peak region enjoyed a midge free evening at Birchens Edge

Peak social climb 1
Its amazing what you can fit in during a social climbing evening in the sunshine at Birchens Edge. Not only did we climb amongst others, two of the three classic rock routes Sail Buttress and Powder Monkey Parade, we shared ways of building belays and scored each others gear placements and anchors.

At the end of the evening and after a fantastic sunset the midges took over their domain at the crag whilst we the climbers retired to the Robin Hood pub to discuss plans to hold further climbing evenings. Good fun was had by all.
Tony Hall - Peak event host.

Not to be the odd ones out the Lakes regional group are hosting a social climbing evening on Wednesday 23rd September at Black Crag meeting at 6pm. South Wales are hosting one on Monday 31st August at Morlais Quarry meeting at 6pm. The next North Wales regional social climb will take place at Clogwyn Bochlwyd on Tuesday 28th July meeting 6-6.15pm.

These are great opportunities to gain log book experience for SPA trainees and award holders alike and can be counted by full members as part of your 20 sessions as Continued personal development, so what's not to like. If you fancy hosting a social event on behalf of your regional group why not get in touch with your regional coordinator, happy climbing!

Belinda Fear
MTA Development Officer

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