A group of keen climbers headed off to Spain during the Autumn term to experience a range of climbs that resulted in stunning coastal views.
Led by Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Adam Hughes, the climbers spent a week tackling a number of the ascents that Costa Blanca has to offer. The boys and girls, who had a range of experience, put their skills to the test on the climbs at Echo Valley, Paret de la Basra, Sierra de Toix and Alcalali.
Throughout the trip all of the climbers pushed themselves and strived to improve. Fifth Year Jake Thorley particularly impressed with his flash ascents completed with minimal fuss whilst Lower Sixth pupil Alex Pollard shone with his leading skills on the trip.
There was also time for some holiday relaxing, with a couple of outings to chill at the beach and eat ice-creams.
More routine challenges were also thrown at the group during the break. As well as learning to live with each other in a shared living space, the group also had to cook for themselves, taking it in turns to cook for each other. The serving up of a delicious curry and traditional daal was a highlight of the pupils’ self-catering.
The group were extremely lucky with the weather, experiencing sunny bright blue skies but without it being too hot. Predicted rain also didn’t materialise, making the last day’s climb photo perfect.
Speaking about the trip, group leader Mr Hughes said: “The pupils excelled, taking responsibility for themselves, getting organised and getting stuck in. It has been great to see the progression and increase in confidence in all of the pupils on the trip.”
Outstanding opportunities for outdoor pursuits
The Spanish climbing trip is just one of many challenging, yet rewarding, experiences the boys and girls at Stockport Grammar have at their fingertips.
Our climbers take part in competitions, such as the Climbing Hangar’s Winter Bouldering League, visit the countryside to scale peaks at places including Stanage and Horseshoe Quarry, and make use of the impressive Peter Boardman Climbing Wall in the Sports Hall.
For those interested in skiing, we take regular trips to Chill Factore in Trafford so pupils can learn how to ski and snowboard and, in February, a group of Second, Third and Fourth Year pupils are visiting Bulgaria for what promises to be a wonderful skiing trip.
Kayaking and canoeing are other activities that pupils can take part in with regular practice in the school pool and trips in the UK and abroad. The Stopfordian Parents’ Association have helped boost the Outdoor Education provision by raising funds that have gone towards purchasing wetsuits, kayaks, canoes and a trailer to transport them.
For those that like to stay on dry land, a Mountain Bike club has been set up and the participants get to test themselves at places such as the UK’s leading forest visitor centre, Llandegla’s Oneplanet Adventure.