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Rock Climbing is an exciting and fun activity we use to instil trust and confidence in our young people at Penkford. When students first begin their Outdoor Education programme they often don’t expect the positive changes possible after spending a term rock climbing.

Here is a list of some of the skills our students will learn at the end of a term;

Hard Skills

  • Tie a figure of eight knot and attach a climber safely
  • Fit a harness correctly
  • How to use a belay device and develop a safe belaying technique
  • Bouldering
  • Top Roping
  • Lead Climbing
  • Peer Coaching

Soft Skills

  • Communication
  • Self control
  • Respect and trust for others
  • Ability to manage their feelings positively

“You should fall because you fail to do the move, not because you fail to try the move.”Andy Kirkpatrick1000+ Climbing Tips


Penkford School. Wharf Road, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9XZ

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