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?
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,
Selection will be based on the following;
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.
Completed Application Form
Evidence of a commitment to hillwalking / climbing (Logbook and essay)