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Crate climbing

Crate climbing is the act of placing one crate on top of another with the climber remaining standing on the topmost crate without dismounting at any time. The aim is to see how high you can get before the pile of crates topples over or the climber falls off. The climber will start by standing on top of one crate, which is placed on the ground. They will then attempt to place another crate on top of the first and manoeuvre themselves to stand on top of the second crate at the same time. They will continue to add crates in the same manner.

The climber will have their balancing skills tested as well as having to try to work out the best method to achieve the climb. Depending on how successful you are, a head for heights can also be an advantage.

Often available at campsites, crate climbing can be carried out at any location where a good supply of crates (eg milk, beer or similar) can be assembled and that an anchor point can be found which is suitable for the safety requirements.

How to run/provide crate climbing

There are 2 ways of running Crate climbing in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running crate climbing yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running crate climbing using an external provider

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