APE4- Citius, Altius, Fortius13 janv. 2016
The students went to ‘Rock city’ in Hull, where they received private climbing lessons from an external provider. They were then split into six groups and were taken to different parts of the centre to explore the different walls available. There, they learnt about the different skills required to climb those walls. For example, how to put on a harness and work the rope when a partner is climbing the wall, or how best to free style climb the smaller walls. Once they had learnt about the different techniques required, the students were split into pairs with their partnered students. Then, they were able to practise climbing the walls together, cheering each other on and asking for help when required. At first, many of the students were unconfident climbing the walls, or were unable to progress past a certain level. But, by the end, the teams progressed at least one level in difficulty and were confident using the harnesses and ropes.
Students learnt about an alternative sport that was available in Hull, which would help to keep them fit. Many of the students had never been rock climbing before and were unable to climb to the top, due to lack of skill or lack of confidence. However, by the end of the session, all of the students were able to reach the top of at least one climbing wall and able to work the ropes to allow their partner to climb the walls. This activity strengthened the relationship between the partnered students, as they were relying on each other to complete this session and were cheering each other on to create a positive atmosphere.