Climbing wall for Western Isles school

Many Islanders will have been gripped by the BBC’s “Big Climb” live broadcast of one of the most difficult rock climbs in the UK – Sron Ulladale on Harris.

Many Islanders will have been gripped by the BBC’s “Big Climb” live broadcast of one of the most difficult rock climbs in the UK – Sron Ulladale on Harris.

Professional climber, Dave MacLeod and extreme sports athlete, Tim Emmett spent six hours scaling the overhanging 600-foot cliff face, braving poor weather and injuries to reach the top at about 7pm on 28th August last year.

During the programme, there were features reflecting the cultural, linguistic and historic importance of the location on Harris, and the Island’s outstanding natural history and landscape.

Following the ‘Big Climb’ television programme, there has been an increased interest in Harris as a climbing venue, appropriately enough given that the Island’s Gaelic name “Na Hearadh” translates as the “high land”.

The success of the programme set Adam Johnson, PE and Outdoor Education Teacher at Sir E Scott School, thinking. An indoor climbing wall would be a fantastic addition to the new School sports hall, providing a great facility not only for the pupils of the school but for local communities and visitors too.

The project has the full backing of the Scottish Mountaineering Council and is supported by Dave MacLeod, of the Big Climb.

Fundraising for the project is well under way and to help raise money for the wall, a fund-raising concert and ceilidh supper night has been planned for Friday 4th March at 7pm in Tarbert Community Centre. Talented pupils from the school will be performing along with Catch 22 and a local Ceilidh Band. A buffet supper is included in the ticket price. Tickets are £15 per adult and £5 per child. To reserve tickets please contact Patricia Martin on 01859 550238.