Climbing club in Colchester, based at the University of Essex. A club run by climbers, for climbers.

Young Climbers

We are lucky enough to be able run a young climbers club to cater for those who are old enough to safely fit a harness and are under the age of 18. The club runs Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the University of Essex Sports Centre (excluding bank holidays or when the Sports Centre is closed).

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

The format of initial sessions

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

Once the parent/guardian is happy with this, they will then belay their young climber with supervision until the parent/guardian 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 parent/guardian to belay their own young climber when they are happy to do so.

How to book a place

If you're interested send us a message. Please give us your full name and email address, and do the same for anyone else you are also applying for. Please bear with us if we do not reply straight away, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We will then contact you when we have places available. Please understand that we have a limited amount of places each week, and demand is high, so there may be a delay before we can fit you in.

What to bring/wear

We have harnesses, ropes, and belay devices which you are welcome to use as part of the session cost. Please wear clothes which allow freedom of movement and the tightest trainers you have. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water.

Session costs

The sessions cost £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."

Enjoying a cracking campsite fire after a day of climbing in the Wye Valley.

Enjoying a cracking campsite fire after a day of climbing in the Wye Valley.