For many climbers, old and young, getting out climbing on rock is the ultimate attraction of the sport.
Ireland has plenty of perfect venues for young people to get climbing outside on real rock. Many of these venues are readily accessible from the road and are suitable for novice young climbers.
Where to go?
In order to get climbing outside on real rock it would be advisable to get the help of a suitably qualified outdoor instructor.
A suitably qualified instructor will hold a recognised and relevant mountain-training qualification. These qualifications are the Single-Pitch Award (SPA) or the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA). Instructors should be able to provide proof of insurance.
To find a suitably qualified outdoor instructor you can begin by checking through the following list: Mountaineering Ireland - Accredited Course Providers
. You will be looking for an instructor that holds a Single Pitch Award (SPA) or a Mountain Instructor Award (MIA).
Alternatively, on online search should give you plenty of options. Just make sure that they hold the relevant mountain-training qualification and have adequate insurance.
What equipment will I need?
Outdoor instructors will often be able to provide all the necessary equipment. All you should need is some standard sports clothing and shoes.
The instructor will advise you if you need any extra equipment.
Where can I get more information?
For more information please give the Mountaineering Ireland office a call.
You can also find more information in the main Rock Climbing section of the web-site: Rock Climbing