Youth Alpine Initiative

Who is this for?

Active hill walkers, mountaineers and climbers aged 16-19 years old. 

Participants need to have a current interest in the outdoors and a desire to develop their mountaineering skills. This initiative is the ideal opportunity to access focussed training in the range of skills necessary to pursue alpine mountaineering adventures. The programme requires a huge commitment of time, effort and expense for both the volunteers and participants. A programme of training days in Ireland leads towards a trip to the Alps, where the skills can be applied. We see this initiative as providing a suite of skills to facilitate the transition of young mountaineers into the next generation of Alpinists. 

How do I apply?


Participants will need to demonstrate their experience to date. This can be done by;
  • completing an application form, 
  • completing a logbook of experience, (mountaineering and or climbing, camping,)
  • submitting an essay of 500 words, outlining your genuine interest in mountaineering and outlining why you should be selected, 
  • Parental Consent if under 18 on 01 January
  • You must commit to a contribution of €300
  • You must commit to saving for / fundraising for your travel to and from the Alps in July
Questions to consider.
Have you completed at least 10 full mountain days?
Have you camped a number of times?
Have you climbed outdoors on real rock?
Can you climb consistently at Font 6a or above?
Have you climbed at least 15 routes outdoors?

Apply By
All applications including; parental consent, Log book and essay, must be received BY POST no later than Friday 12th December. Applications should be marked ‘Youth Alpine Initiative’ and addressed to; 
‘Mountaineering Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, 
National Sports Campus, 
Blanchardstown, 
Dublin 15’.

Selection Process
Selection will be based on the following;
  • Completed Application Form
  • Evidence of a commitment to hillwalking / climbing (Logbook and essay)
  • Parental Consent
NOTE: Should the initiative be over-subscribed, other factors such as; age (with those younger having the opportunity to participate in future years) and length of membership of Mountaineering Ireland will also be determining factors.