The Wall

Available Term 2

Rock climbing is an indoor and outdoor recreational sport that is one of the world’s fastest growing mainstream sporting activities. Once thought of as a sport only for adrenaline junkies, with good instruction and modern safety equipment, it is safe and enjoyable for anyone of any age to climb at their own comfort and ability level.

Physical benefits:
  • Lean, endurance Muscles
  • Core muscles
  • Low impact aerobic workout
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Hands and fingers,
  • Forearms and upper arms
  • Shoulders, neck, upper back
Rock Climbing is one of the best total body workouts available. It’s a unique sport in that boys and girls are equally capable. An effective rock climber is one who understands that much of climbing is related to technique, balance and leg strength.
Mental Benefits:
  • Decision Making
  • Visualisation
  • Problem Solving
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning
  • Concentration
  • Determination
  • Self Confidence
  • Motor Skills
  • Stress Relief
  • Sense of Achievement
  • Spatial awareness
Each climbing route is like a puzzle, which takes patience and planning, forcing the climber to make decisions as one gets to a spot and strategizes where to go from there. Climbing requires for you to make spot decisions as you go, commit and follow through. Your ability to assess a problem, look for a solution, and then execute a plan is required.
As you can see, the skills developed in Rock Climbing lend themselves to all areas of life. Nearly everything worth achieving in life requires drive, planning and execution
Social Benefits:
Although the practice of Rock Climbing is essentially you vs. yourself, it can still be regarded as a team sport, because you’re never alone. You’ll be climbing with a group of school mates. Learning to put your trust in the person holding your rope fosters relationships pretty quickly.
The different roles one plays when climbing, build character and leadership skills. Every climber will get the chance to be the student and learn from others, then the teacher sharing that knowledge. One minute they’ll be the climber being supported by others encouragement or advice, then they’ll turn around and be the be-layer or part of the encouraging group. The climbing community is one where every achievement is celebrated.
  • Greater scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • Enhanced literacy, including the use of a wider vocabulary.
  • Increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
  • Development of physical skills, including fine motor skills.
  • Development of a sense of responsibility.
  • A positive attitude to healthy food choices.
  • Positive behaviour.
  • Improvements in emotional well-being.