Rock Climbing in Aberdeen
Rock Climbing is the name given to activities carried out on steep rocky ground where security is usually managed with ropes and associated equipment. Movement can be in any direction: climbing up or down, abseiling or traversing. This may be done as an activity in its own right or as a component of other adventurous activities.
Modern rock climbing activities with groups normally consist of single pitch climbs, abseiling and/or some controlled scrambling or bouldering. Rock climbing in an educational setting usually involves the rope passing from the climber below to the top of the cliff. In the event of the climber letting go of the rock they cannot fall as they are always protected by a rope from above. Even with modern techniques of safety management there is no escaping the exposure and at times isolation of the cliff environment and activities of this nature therefore require careful management.
Aberdeen's rugged sea cliffs offer a range of perfect local sites for rock climbing from novice to expert. If you are a looking for the ultimate mental and physical challenge then rock climbing is for you. Rock climbing is a superb activity for both the individual and the group. It incorporates learning the practical skills necessary to build strong rope systems to keep participants safe and protected. Participants can either climb upwards learning to move carefully and smoothly, or descend cliffs by abseiling down fixed ropes.
The new climbing wall, completed in 2014, replaced one built as part of the original school building in 1976 and has come about through the efforts of a steering group with representatives from the local community, Speyside High School and Speyside Sports and Community Centre.
The Aberdeen Mountaineering Club aims to be a meeting place for mountaineers to organise a range of activities with the added focus of monthly club meets. Members are active in the Scottish mountains in all seasons with interests covering many aspects of mountaineering such as walking, scrambling, climbing, skiing.
Whatever level you climb at, a visit to Transition Extreme will always be rewarding. Their first-class facility, recognised by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland as a regional centre of excellence provides the perfect introduction to indoor climbing. It’s a brilliant combination of exercise, psychological challenge and lasting friendships.