Climbing and mountaineering are excellent sports for young people of all ages and abilities. Climbing and mountaineering provide young people with a range of unique physical and mental challenges.

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Start Climbing

It is easy to start climbing! Indoor climbing walls and qualified outdoor instructors provide an ideal opportunity to get a first taste of this exciting sport. No experience is needed and all equipment can be supplied.
Indoor climbing walls provide an ideal environment for young people experience climbing in a safe and fun environment.

Rock Climbing

Getting climbing on real rock is very accessible for young climbers. Youth climbing clubs and qualified outdoor instructors can provide the expertise to make this thrilling activity both safe and fun.

Youth Climbing Clubs

Youth climbing clubs provide an ideal environment for young climbers to climb together. Youth climbing clubs organise climbing sessions, training sessions and climbing trips for young members.

Competition Climbing

Climbing competitions give young climbers the opportunity to test their climbing skills and to meet other young climbers. There is a wide variety of climbing competitions covering a range of ages and climbing styles.

Talent Development

Selected young climbers are invited to join the Talent Development Squad. The Talent Development Squad gives young climbers access to the expertise and environment to improve their climbing performance. 

Youth Alpine Initiative

The Youth Alpine Initiative is for active hillwalkers, mountaineers and climbers aged 16 to 19 years old who are keen to gain the skills and experience to be able to climb in an Alpine environment.

Aspirant Mountaineers

Aspirant Mountaineers Workshops are for people aged 18-24, and are an excellent opportunity to look at the skills needed to be safe and confident in the mountain environment, in both summer and winter conditions.


Parents play a key role in facilitating and supporting the participation and development of youth climbers. As a parent you need to know that your child's safety and well-being is of paramount importance.


Volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of Mountaineering Ireland's youth program and initiatives. This section gives information on the volunteer recruitment process, safeguarding and training for volunteers.