Braeside - The Quest - Tough Mudder

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Climbing, Abseiling and Zip wire Facility
Steve Dewar is linking the Parish with Braeside,Devizes  to help young people from across the Parish area to make use and benifit from the local facility. This includes a highly accessible and challenging facility that includes climbing (angled and vertical walls), abseiling and a 112m zipwire. Braeside has long been associated with motivating children, young people and adults to challenge themselves to explore and develop their abilities through outdoor and adventurous education.

To further enhance what Braeside can offer the children and young people of Wiltshire we have a new fully operational and multi-use climbing tower facility that is available to be incorporated into day or residential programmes. The 8 metre tower is designed to be used in several ways. Participants can climb up the vertical or angled walls and onto the top platform/deck. From the top they can access the zipwire or abseil activities through the use of a secure rope management system at height (cows tail system). 

Details of the facility are given below and in the video on the home page.
- A vertical climbing wall with 4 different climbs. Two of the climbs use automatic belay devices (Trueblue) to allow climbers to climb and descend within a safe operating system.  Two of the climbs are run as traditional rope belays that are managed by trained staff.

- An angled climbing wall to enable climbers with a wide spectrum of abilities to access the sport of climbing. The four climbs on the angled wall are traditional rope belays managed by strained staff and the climbs provide a variety of different routes.

- A vertical abseil wall from the platform top. 
- A zipwire running 112 metres across the Braeside grounds can be used from the top platform.

- A central ladder can allow access from within the tower so that participants can access the platform and cows tail system. The ladder enables students to enjoy the zipwire and/or abseil without needing to climbing on either of the climbing walls.



Our hope is that the Quest will give boys the opportunity and space to develop their identity, spirituality and purpose through adventure, risk, ‘brotherhood’ and a journey. Bath YFC successfully ran The Quest in 2015 with four boys and have now developed the programme based on its learning, for 2016/17.  The main development is that we will meet together more.

The programme will start on 18th April and be a mixture of group work, preparation for the main challenge and socials such as climbing and bowling all culminating in the 3 day experience in late July from 20th-22nd.The course is led by YFC Director James Vaughton and other members of the team who have all undergone Leadership and First Aid training. The Quest is aimed at boys in year 9 or 10 at school and will cost £150, which includes all trip costs. If you would like your son or a young man in your church or community to be part of this please get in touch with James by clicking here or call the office on 01225 336055 or you can download a booking form here. There are just six places so if you are interested you will need to get in touch as soon as possible.

If you would like to read a report on the 2015 experience (produced for a funder of the project) This contains some thoughts from the young people involved and their parents.


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