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Kids Climbing
The site for UK Kids Climbing information

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Climbing Styles/Skills

Technique/Safety

Climbing Grades Guide
Techniques
Belaying
Injuries
Knots
Yoga
Training & Games

All the links below open a new window. Close the window to return to this page. Please read our disclaimer before you visit any site.

WARNING! None of these links are a substitute for proper training by climbing instructors.
Please locate your nearest climbing wall or check our courses page for information on courses.

PLEASE NOTE: children are not like small adults. They recover from fatigue in very different ways to adults. There could be long term consequences to overtraining for kids under the age of puberty. Please be sensible about how much climbing training you provide for your child, and look up relevant information about this before going ahead.

Try this cautionary overtraining link (not climbing-specific):
http://www.footy4kids.co.uk/sports_training_howmuchistoomuch.htm

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Climbing grades Guide

Climbing in the UK is defined by a system of grading using short words or phrases to describe the difficulty of the climbs. These are further refined by the technical difficulty of the climb.

See this useful guide on the BBC site for more info:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A3851192

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Techniques

Simple roped climbing techniques
Very basic overview of what roped climbing is about.
Move onto the Climbing Outside booklet below for more detailed information.

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Belaying

Belay devices
  Self-arresting (locking) devices
  Devices which don't self-arrest

Belaying - Get it right!(from the BMC again)
With the choice of ropes and belaying devices expanding, and more climbers getting into the sport through indoor walls, this vital skill needs more focus.
Download the latest .pdf BMC Belaying leaflet.

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Injuries

Climbing Injuries in children: Fingers and toes
Boulders UK article from guest blogger Tom Bond on keeping children safe for climbing.

Growing pains: training young climbers
Children and adolescents are not mini-adults. Audry Morrison has some recommendations for monitoring the training of dedicated young climbers.

Climbing Medical
Useful medical articles from BMC, some relating to young climbers.

Recognising & treating climbing injuries
Important! This site is not a substitute for going to your doctor. It is very useful for recognising the type of climbing injury and gives useful climbing-specific ways to recuperate.

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Knots

Fantastic Animated Knot tying site!
What an amazing site. Shows just how to tie all kinds of knots in an animated sequence, so you can follow it easily. This is the link to the climbing knots section.

Great knots guide

Get the iPhone App (£4.99)

More knotty stuff from Chockstone.org.

Types of climbing from Doctor Danger.

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Yoga

Six yoga poses for climbers from Climbing.com (not specifically for children)

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Training & Games

PLEASE NOTE: These are not child specific articles. Children are not like small adults. They recover from fatigue in very different ways to adults. There could be long term consequences to overtraining for kids under the age of puberty. Please be sensible about how much climbing training you provide for your child, and look up relevant information about this before going ahead.

Neil Gresham's Guide to Training Juniors part 1
Neil Gresham's Guide to Training Juniors part 2
A really thought-provoking insight into the physiology of the young climber and the risks of intensive training

Training also from Spadout.com
Another training link from Indoorclimbing.com

Climbing games also from Indoorclimbing.com

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For retailers
Kidsclimbing can get you sales, but as a non-profit site, we ask that you contribute a minimum of £10 to Kidsclimbing's charity, The Children's Trust we will then add or restore a link to your products. Check out the Testimonials page to see what responses we're getting from our visitors.
In return, you'll get great exposure for your shop plus an entry in our Caring Companies list.

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24 Oct 2014
Many thanks Stacey & Keith of Adventurous Little Legs, the specialists in outdoor clothing and gear for little adventurers, for your generous donation to Kidsclimbing's charity the Children's Trust!
Go to the Caring Companies list


28 Dec 2013
9 year old boy climbs tallest peak in the Americas!
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17 Nov 2013
New Social Media page. Find all the Twitter feeds, Facebook channels and Blogs you need.


03 Nov 2013
Welcome to the new fully revamped Kidsclimbing site! It should be viewable on all devices, such as desktops, tablets and phones. Please let me know if you have any problems on your device, letting me know what device and browser you're using so other users can get a better experience. Thanks!


12 Oct 2013
Many thanks to Cold Mountain Kit for contributing £10 to the Kidsclimbing Charity!


Thanks to our fantastic artist Abi for creating the cool cartoons especially for Kidsclimbing that you can see in our tablet or desktop views of this site.


Secondhand kids gear
Any parents/carers who have second hand/outgrown children's climbing shoes/walking boots please contact me and I'll post them up for sale on the noticeboard.


If you have any comments or questions about this site or you can write a review of any of the gear, please contact me.


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All about Geckos
All about Geckos

All about Geckos (mobile version)

Why is the gecko the symbol of Kidsclimbing?

  1. They have an amazing capacity to climb
  2. They are small, agile and funny
  3. They get everywhere

- Just like kids!

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