Eco Friendly Climbing

60 Minutes | All | Indoors

What environmental impact do you make when climbing on natural rock faces? Find out more in this research challenge.



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Eco Friendly Climbing

60 Minutes | All | Indoors

  • Pens or pencils
  • Big pieces of paper
  • Access to a computer
  • Access to the internet

  1. Draw a horizontal line across the middle of a big piece of paper
  2. Split the line up into hours, so it covers a whole day
  3. Create a timeline for your day climbing on a natural rock face
  4. They should include travel (for example, driving to the crag and walking to the bottom of the wall) as well as setting up, climbing, taking down, and travelling back
  5. Think about the different equipment you would use while climbing
  6. Keep track of your ideas by writing down a list
  7. Include things such as ropes, harnesses, and climbing shoes
  8. Take a look at the attached equipment list
  9. Choose two pieces of equipment and two topics
  10. Now research the equipment or topics
  11. Equipment - Find out what it’s used for and how it impacts the environment
  12. Topic - Research how it relates to climbing and its impact on the environment
  13. Now look back at the timeline – when is their equipment or topic relevant? Does this affect the impact it has?
  14. Think about which things had the greatest environmental impact? How could they work together to reduce their impact when climbing on natural rock faces?

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