Young Climbers

We are lucky enough to be able run a Young Climbers Club to cater for those climbers old enough to safley fit a harness and under the age of 18. This meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 at the University of Essex sport centre (apart from bank holidays or when the University of Essex sport centre is closed)

All young climbers must be supervised by a parent or guardian during these sessions.

Interested in Joining us

If you're interested send us a message. Please give us your full names and an email address.

Please bear with us if we do not reply straight away, we will get back to you as soon as we can and let you know the best session to come in and meet the Club.

The format of initial sessions

A member of the club will show the young climber and parent how to correctly put on the harness and tie in to the rope with a figure of eight knot; they will then belay the climber for the first few climbs demonstrating how to safely belay to the parent.

Once the parent is happy with this, they will then belay their climber with supervision until the parent and supervisor are confident they can belay safely.

We will always have a few members of the club at the sessions in case anyone needs help, but we do ask the parents to belay their own young climber when they are happy to do so.

Session Cost

Sessions for Young Climbers are £4

For Older Teens

Although we cater for young climbers up to the age 17 older teens looking for more of a challenge may also consider joining the Out There club catering for those between the ages of 13 and 21, see their website for more details.

Useful Link for parents

A parent's guide to climbing, walking and mountaineering

Participation Statements

"Colchester Climbing Club recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement."

"Please be aware and accept that those perceived of as ‘in charge’ are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, are not regarded by the club nor regard themselves as 'technical experts', but are amateur climbers with some experience who are happy to impart their knowledge and that any advice given be viewed with this in mind by the recipient."