Climbing and mountaineering are excellent sports for young people of all ages and abilities, and 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.

Talent Development

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


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.

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