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NICAS Parent Blog

A parent of two fantastic NICAS students explains why climbing is their new found sport, what NICAS entails, and the range of benefits it provides for her children.

NICAS at Summit Up

My son (age 13) was introduced to the NICAS climbing course at Summit Up in Oldham by a friend. After a half term block, I decided that my younger daughter (age 12) might also like to join.

She’s a dancer and very flexible so she took to climbing instantly. We come every Monday from 6-8pm.

There is a cycle of different instructors but they are all really friendly and great with my children. Safety is really important it the instructors also make the sessions fun.

New Found Sport

I’m really impressed with this new found sport. Not only is it physically demanding, it also develops resilience, problem solving skills, determination and trust in your partner.

The instructors supervise diligently teaching knots, rope techniques and belaying skills. They offer support when needed and use specific praise so that my children know how to improve.

NICAS Certificates

The children get a log book to record their climbs and the instructors tick off skills as they have been achieved. My children have both received their Level 1 NICAS certificates and are working towards Level 2.

My son is working towards the bronze Duke of Edinburgh and this climbing course counts as the Physical component.

Both children look forward to coming each week and have made friends within the group. I enjoy sitting with a coffee and a book whilst they climb!

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Summit Up are delighted to announce the launch of NICAS Clip. NICAS Clip is a fantastic brand new climbing scheme which takes place in the Clip 'n Climb arena. It focuses on the safe use of auto belay facilities, fun experiences within climbing through gamification of sport, and the movement skills that underpin climbing techniques.


Proud Supporters of Climbers Against Cancer

Summit Up are proud to announce we are a supporters of charity Climbers Against Cancer. A not-for-profit charity that raises awareness and funds for cancer research through the worldwide climbing community.

There are many ways in which you can support, including buying one of these fab hats!



With four rounds over the coming months, starting on 16th November. Each round will consist of 20 blocs from V0 to V9. Blocs will be a mix of styles from basic pulling to dynamic comp problems and techy slabs, there really is something for everyone.

Entry price to join the league is £2, collect your score cards from reception.