Climbing for All Disability Awareness Course

Posted by Graeme Hill on 14/11/2017
Overseeing a wheelchair abseil. Photo: Graeme Hill
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A Climbing for All Disability Awareness Course was run at the 2017 Student Safety Seminar, organised by the BMC and hosted at the National Mountaineering Centre Plas Y Brenin. It was a fantastic chance for university students to gain insight into technical systems used to assist climbers while brushing upon subjects such as terminology, causes of disability and models of disability.

Now running for over 10 years, Climbing for All is a much-needed course that is accredited by Mountain Training Association and Association of Mountaineering Instructors. Adventure for All who oversee the course has been on a recent push to get more course providers and also build the skills of technical advisors. The course at PYB provided an opportunity for Gav Kelly and Jay Jackson to be signed off.
Gav and Jay's involvement is a great development that may well help fill a gap in provision down in the South West of the UK, where they are based. In addition to being newly signed off Climbing for All providers, Gav and Jay are also both very competent technical advisors in accessible climbing and are also in the process of setting up disability activity hubs potentially around Plymouth and Exeter. Graeme Hill secretary for Adventure for All discussed the efforts to have a good geographical spread of Climbing for All providers and Technical Advisors so that lack of knowledge and resources isn’t the main barrier.
The course was really well attended and well received with some great questions coming from the students and an excellent illustration of picking up the technical side of it. Inclusion of the course at the Safety Seminar goes to show that the BMC is committed to opening up opportunities and that climbing is a sport for all.

Further information

If you would be interested in attending Climbing or All a course is being hosted on the 1st December at Bendrigg Trust details. Find out more here.
If you would like to develop more knowledge on technical advising in accessible climbing there is a course on 2 December at Bendrigg Trust. Find out more here.
For information on any developments in the South West please contact Gav and Jay via their websites: Ibex Outdoors and Climb Cornwall.

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