BMC Northumberland Youth Climbing Meet 2022

Posted by James McHaffie on 16/05/2022

Join one of the BMC and DMM's youth climbing meets in 2022, a weekend of classic climbs and good socials. This one will be based at Wooler Youth Hostel in Northumberland on the 29th & 30th October 2022.

The BMC and DMM have teamed up to give youngsters the opportunity to take the step from indoor to outdoors, based at Wooler Youth Hostel.

Organised for young climbers (11-17-years-old), wanting to make the step from indoor walls to getting outside on the crags, as well as those who already have some outdoor climbing experience, it is a great opportunity to enjoy some classic trad routes under the watchful eye of experienced climbers.

Overseen by the BMC youth and equity officer, James McHaffie, the meet is ideal for young climbers with suitable basic knowledge through to those that are more experienced; as there are limited places, if you're interested get signed up now.

A group of volunteer experienced climbers will be gathered together (minimum of five years climbing experience), who are known to the organisers and have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked (BMC do this free for volunteers). These experienced climbers will take the youngsters out onto the crags after taking account of their ability, aspirations and the weather.

If you would like to volunteer at the event please email James McHaffie:


People can arrive after 18.00 pm on Friday, 28th October. There will be a safety briefing Saturday morning before teams of youth participants and volunteers will head out to climb on the local cliffs. 

Food will be supplied on the Saturday night but Youths and volunteers will need to supply their own breakfast and lunch for both days.

Sunday 30th October will involve more cragging with everyone expected back by 16.00 hrs to be picked up by parents or guardians soon after.

The meet will cost £40 which goes towards the two nights of accommodation. There are some free places available for families in rented accommodation and on income support.

Parental consent forms should be emailed to James Mchaffie:

Youth Outdoor Climbing Courses

Whether you want to make the leap from indoor climbing into Sport or Trad climbing outdoors, we run many courses across the country and throughout the year that are specially for 11-17 year olds.

BOOK: Youth Trad Climbing Course

BOOK: Youth Sport Climbing Course

Subsidised Youth Course Places

There are a large number of free places on courses for families who may struggle to afford it. Any families who live in rented accommodation and who receive income support or universal credit may contact the instructor of a course or James McHaffie for a place.

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