"The secret to getting ahead, is to get started" - Mark Twain
Welcome to the first dedicated organisation bringing together deaf climbers from across the country. DCUK will act as a hub of information to update you on climbing opportunities, competitions and social meetings.
Deaf Climbing UK aims to increase deaf participation in the sport and work with National Governing Bodies and partners to develop progression routes for talented climbers. Whether you want to try climbing for the first time, need to brush up on your skills or want to take the first step to climbing outdoors, Deaf Climbing UK can ensure you have the information you need.
DCUK will progress to offer 3 pathways:
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Commonly, beginner climbers will learn on a ‘top rope’, where the rope is attached to the top of the wall and they are protected from the ground by their ‘belayer‘. In this way, beginners can learn how to climb comfortably before moving on to different, more advanced climbing techniques. Top roping will cover initial training steps to ensure your safety as a climber, and that you are prepared for all of your future endeavors.
Bouldering was initially used by climbers to practice their technique and gain strength to be used for rope climbing. However, in recent years bouldering as really taken off as (Yep, there is a British team for this too… and World Championships!)
Bouldering is low level climbing over a crash matted area. Lots of climbing can be done in a short space of time,as you can literally just jump on and get going, without having to tie into a rope. When bouldering outside, climbers will generally take their own ‘pads’ to prevent injuries in the event of a fall and ‘spot’ each other (help control their partners fall, should they come off).
The lead climber trails the safety rope from the ground upwards, clipping it into quickdraws as progress is made. A fall can again be limited by the belayer, but as the leader moves beyond the runner, some distance must be travelled before that rope can tighten and field the fall. Lead climbing is thus both more exciting and inherently riskier than top roping or “seconding” a climb, and it should never be forgotten that an attentive and skilled belayer is essential. Find out more from the British Mountaineering Council.