On Saturday (November 26th 2011) the Gairloch Community Climbing Wall Group held an open event in collaboration with the Gairloch Leisure Centre and the High School Parent Council to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the opening of the upgraded climbing wall. Between 12 noon and 4.30pm the climbing wall was buzzing with dozens of climbers, young and old, novices and hot shots. Around 150 folk turned out for this community event. As well as climbing the event had trade stalls, tea and cake (courtesy of the Parent Council) and a chance to take part in other activities. The martial arts demonstrations encouraged participants to train alongside the masters and the indoor rowing machines (sponsored previously by donations from the Great Wilderness Challenge) were available for good-natured competition. There was also a chance to try some Zumba with local trainer Katrina. The younger children also had fun on the play equipment and enjoyed creating a climbing wall birthday banner. No charge was made for admission however over £200 was raised through donations. This money will help fund the refreshments as well as allow further spending on equipment to support climbing groups using the wall.
Headteacher Mr. John Port thanked everyone who helped make this a great day out including the catering team, activity leaders, belayers and all the keen young volunteers from Gairloch High School. He particularly thanked members of the Parent Council for providing a great spread of cakes. “As well as lots of locals we had visitors from Ullapool and other far flung places. The wall has proved a great benefit to the school and leisure centre. I am very grateful to all the sponsors who helped fund this substantial improvement to the facility and the success of this event just shows that it was worth the effort. The Leisure Centre is now running climbing classes several times a week and school pupils and the public use the wall extensively at other times. Saturday’s celebration of the wall’s first anniversary was a great success and much of the credit for the planning of the day should go to young Amy Tattersall and her dad Paul. I imagine that they may be planning for a second anniversary event already!”
Local fund raising supplemented by contributions from the Great Wilderness Challenge, INEOS, sportscotland and Highland Leader funded the building of the wall by Dundee based company Avertical World.