The First MCofS Climbing Rocks Festival

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) in conjunction with the Quickdraw Climbing Club is organising the Climbing Rocks Festival for young climbers at the Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena (Ratho) on Saturday October 10th.

Rocks, 26 kb

Any young person interested in climbing should not miss this festival, from committed young climbers, to families and children who would like to try it for the first time.


  • Abseiling Sessions (pre-bookable)
  • Mobile Tower climbing slots (pre-bookable)
  • A 'Have-a-Go' in the arena
  • A 'Dry-tooling for kids' Area


Will include 'Fundamentals of Climbing for Junior Climbers' by Neil McGeachy (Ratho; 'My first Alpine Rock Experience' by Jonathan Stocking (British/Scottish Climbing Team member); 'Climbing Beyond the indoor Climbing Wall' by Kevin Howett (MCofS Development Officer)and 'Bouldering in the County for Kids' by Andy Earl


  • An Fun family Bouldering competition
  • A demonstration of climbing from national junior climbing team squad members and British Team members
  • Speed Climbing Demonstration on the International Speed Wall


(The following activities are pre-bookable)

  • 3skill workshops for Parents
  • Performance Coaching (bouldering) (boys) by Neil McGeachy and Andy Earl
  • Performance Coaching sessions (girls) by Suzan Dudinck.
  • Beginner's bouldering (girls) with Natalie Berry and Jaime Davidson
  • Beginners bouldering (boys) with Ross Kirkland and Jonny Field.


Face painting, Bouncy Castle, Tattooing and Assault Course.


See the MCofS website at: OR the Climbing Rocks Website for full information at:


Book your places on the pre-bookable events - go through the website or email direct to:

Kevin Howett, MCofS Mountaineering Development Officer who will be presenting a lecture on climbing outdoors said: "The Climbing Rocks Festival is the first of its kind in the UK - a festival to celebrate climbing aimed at kids. As a result it not only has some of the best adult climbers offering lecturing and coaching sessions, but some of Scotland's best young climbers themselves helping to coach and inspire other children to get involved. Come on parents; bring your children along and see if they will like climbing – many activities on the day are free and its fun".

Mark Tennant from the Quickdraw Club said: “The Quickdraw Climbing Club was founded on a premise of the advancement of Scottish Youth Climbing and what better way to go about it than being involved in an event like this. It's the perfect vehicle to showcase the sport we love so much. Please come along and support the event, try some climbing and let us show you why “Climbing Rocks!”

MCofS Day at Ratho in 2008

Graeme Gardiner, Head of EICA said “The EICA is delighted to host the first Climbing Rocks festival and we are anticipating an exciting day full of activities for young people interested in climbing. As The National Centre for Indoor Climbing, the EICA is fully committed to developing this fantastic sport and we would encourage people to come along and have the opportunity to experience climbing in the world's largest climbing arena”.

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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) acts to represent support and promote Scottish mountaineering.

Founded in 1970 by the Association of Scottish Climbing Clubs, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is the only recognised representative organisation for mountain walkers and climbers who live in Scotland or who enjoy Scotland's mountains. We are also the national governing body for sport climbing and represent climbers who use indoor walls as their venue. MCofS is a membership organisation with 10,500 members representing hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers, funded through a combination of membership subscriptions, grants, and investment from sportscotland, which supports public initiatives and services in mountain safety, mountain weather information services, mountain leader training and the development and promotion of mountaineering activities. MCofS is a not for profit company limited by guarantee and incorporated in Scotland. Company number SC322717.
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