Climb into Youth Work. Andalusia, Spain, 2023.Olga Petrushko
The “Climb into Youth Work” training course took place in Andalusia, Spain, in March 2023.
Training was organised by Logos and Lernlabor organizations with the support of Rocio Monteoliva Herrera and local partners, the Andalusian Mountain Federation (Federación Andaluza de Deportes de Montaña).
Participants had the opportunity to explore the beautiful climbing sectors in the western Sierra Nevada, meet local mountain guides and pioneers of the Andalusian climbing scene, and enhance their skills in organizing climbing activities for groups with mixed abilities. Additionally, they developed follow-up projects with local stakeholders.
Throughout the project, participants engaged in top-rope climbing and lead-climbing workshops, learned how to set up and clean anchor points, and practiced setting up multi-pitch belay stations and abseiling. They also received training in risk assessment, giving and receiving feedback, and utilizing non-formal approaches to achieve learning outcomes. Workshops on funding and project development were also provided.
A highlight of the project was the inter-generational climbing day, where participants had the opportunity to climb with Andalusian climbing pioneers and meet Javier Aguilar, the world record holder in blind lead climbing. We are grateful to our participants, Rocio Monteoliva Herrera, our hosts, and our funders JUGEND für Europa for making this project possible.
This project was funded by the European Union.