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209 Cadets Get Up To Something

Article posted: Dec 08, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) have been learning the ropes at the Nottingham Climbing Centre. Fourteen Cadets and a couple of the younger Staff members spent an evening at the centre getting to grips with the various climbing walls.

The cadets were split into two groups and each taken through the basics by a qualified instructor. They were shown how to put on a harness, tie safely into a rope and how to belay. Each Cadet climbing a wall had another Cadet holding on to a safety line so team work was essential.

The Centre is built in a converted swimming pool and has numerous climbing walls from gently inclined walls for beginners to overhanging walls for the more experienced.

Sergeant ATC Jade Brock who organised the trip said “I started to learn indoor rock climbing five years ago and I thought this would be something different for the Cadets to do.”

Cadet Laura Toplass (13) said of the evening, “We were shown how to tie ropes and climb safely. My favourite part was just going a bit more adventurous each climb. At the end of the evening the Instructor allowed us to do some free climbing without a rope. It was exciting because without a rope I really had to think about my next move.”