Reaching new heights on the Climbing for All course


Outdoor Activity Providers travelled to Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, in the heart of the Mournes, to take part in the highly anticipated Outdoor Recreation NI’s Climbing For All training day.

Climbing For All equipped Outdoor Activity Providers with the essential skills, processes, techniques and equipment to help people with disabilities engage in climbing-related activities. It covered a theoretic session however the main focus on this training day was the practical element of aiding those with disabilities in climbing. Topics covered included hoisting systems, side-supported climbing, and wheelchair abseiling.

Richard Gawith, Training and Development Officer at Outdoor Recreation NI commented “All in all we had 19 people from 9 different organisations on the course, with some travelling from as far afield as the North Coast and Dublin. Despite the cold weather, a great day was had sharing the wealth of experience brought by all who attended.

When speaking about the training day itself Richard added “ We spent the morning in the warm, looking at some theory and ways of challenging negative attitudes that surround disability, then ventured outside to explore hauling systems, side-supported climbing, transfer etiquette and much, much more.

He continued “Special thanks go to Kieran and Stephen from Tollymore NOC, along with Paul Kellagher from LACES Adventure, who delivered the course, and to Jenny Ridley from Belfast Activity Centre who shared much of her very personal experience.”

To view a gallery of images from the training day please click here

If you would like to find out more about Climbing For All as well as other Outdoor training opportunities run by Outdoor Recreation NI, please contact Richard Gawith by email at or call 028 903 03930.