ClimbScotland festival 2017

ClimbScotland festival 2017

 

The UK’s biggest youth climbing festival is coming to Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on Saturday 17th of June. Don’t forget to mark the date in your diary!

It will be a full-day event with lots of exciting stuff, from various come-and-try activities for beginners, coaching sessions, fun team competition with great prizes and a mini adventure film session and more.

Check out the link for more details on their programme :

www.climbscotland.net

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Team Uprising

Team Uprising

Team Uprising has expanded significantly over the last year. If you’re wondering who does what then take a look at this graphic. We’ve got a great team of committed individuals who make it all happen.

 

If you’re interested in becoming one of the team then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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Dave MacLeod blog

Dave MacLeod blog

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity yet, we recommend that you take a look at Dave MacLeod’s blog. There’s always lots of interesting stuff posted there concerning nutrition, training, motivation, travel and other wider issues. Head on over via this link @DaveMacLeodBlog

From his blog :

A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk at a big boulder comp/party event at TCA Glasgow organised by the charity Urban Uprising. Various talks I’ve done in the past have raised money for Climbers Against Cancer, various mountain rescue teams and others, but I mention this one specifically, just because I really like what they do and want to encourage you to support it.

Urban Uprising take deprived or otherwise at risk kids climbing. Usually it’s the first time they’ve had an experience of an adventurous sport like climbing. In my view, this is a pretty special thing to do. I’m biased of course, because one experience I happened to have as a kid (randomly going out on my bike and finding mountains) totally changed my life. I have no doubt at all that this one experience not only set me on a path to make far more of myself than I otherwise would have, but it also allowed me to gain expertise I could then use to help others.

I was lucky enough to have a bike, and the freedom to choose to go out on it and have this life changing experience without any direct influence from anyone at that moment. So many others have neither the freedom or the resources. One of the great problems with helping young people to help themselves is that no-one ever values them. So why would they value themselves? They are seen by so many others in society as a problem. Actually they are an opportunity. When someone takes time to show them something good, it will have a positive effect on almost all. For a subset, it will change everything. That is worth supporting.
If you want to support them, head to their website, buy a cool T-shirt. Or just donate.

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Uprising

Uprising

Starting to count the days!

Less than two weeks to go until the return of our charity club night, Uprising on Saturday 22nd October at Stereo Cafe Bar. It’s going to be an epic night full of funky house and techno beats by Beat Mongrel and DJ Michael “Blezz” with spectacular visuals by VJ Mofis, so come out and get down with your friends!

For tickets and more details, click the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/163856044019231/
Don’t forget, during the same day there will be lots more activities happening as part of The Climbing Academy Glasgow 5th birthday. More info: http://bit.ly/2cAN5nz

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Edinburgh Uprising!

Edinburgh Uprising!

We’re excited to announce that in early 2017, we’ll be opening up a new Uprising in Edinburgh.

This has been made possible by kind donations from the Mickel Fund, The Pleasance Trust and The Dumbarton Rotary Club.

Watch this space for further details!

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Caitlin gets young climber of year 2016!

Caitlin gets young climber of year 2016!

We’re really excited to announce that Caitlin Connor, our youth ambassador, has won the first ever ClimbScotland Young Climber of the year!

She’s Youth ‘C’ Scottish champion for the second year running and is currently planning another fundraiser for Urban Uprising.

As the letter explains, Caitlin was selected in recognition of her top level efforts on the wall and also her contribution to fundraising for Urban Uprising. What better example to others? Well done Caitlin!

Check out Caitlin’s blog here : http://caitlinconnor-climbing.blogspot.co.uk

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Wall opens its doors!

Wall opens its doors!

We’ve recently returned from a visit to our partners, the Central Urban Climbing School in Rio. On our previous visit their climbing wall was under construction and was a building site; lots of planks of wood, screws, rotary saws, holds and so forth. So it was great to return to see the finished product, and it looks fantastic!

It’s located right in the centre of Rocinha, the largest shanty town in Rio and is proving to be quite an attraction and focal point for local children. When we were there, lots of children stopped by to see what was going on and several mothers popped in to see if their children could get involved.

The wall serves as a base for the school and a focal point within the community. Somewhere where they can carry out technique training, lectures and developmental learning.

The wall construction and part of the space rental has been funded by an Urban Uprising grant. Thanks to all of our supporters!

 

The well stocked gear room at the wall :

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Caio, one of the older students, training on the wall :

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A mother and children stopping by to check out the new facility :

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