Gareth Wignall has done an outstanding job raising the funds to replace the Old Climbing Wall at Speyside High School in Aberlour. He has shown what can really be achieved with drive and dedication! Other locals such as Pete Hill have also been involved. This is a very significant development for the North East of Scotland, especially Elgin and Nairn where a long journey has to be made to Inverness, Aberdeen or Grantown to get to the nearest roped climbing wall.
We succeeded in winning the tender for this project at the end of August. The project is already underway, but work onsite will start in October, with the wall due for completion in early December in perfect time for the winter training season.
The wall will have approx 14 rope points! with plenty of angles for everyone. I’ve included a picture of the existing wall to show just what is being replaced – quite a change!
It is one of a growing number of Scottish Secondary Schools with fantastic NEW Indoor Climbing Facilities. It is sure to have a long term impact on climbing. More news to follow!