The Occonechee Climbing Program at Durant offers a complete package of climbing opportunities for scouts of all ages, from cub scouts to venture crew members. With our bouldering wall and 45 foot tower at the Durant Scout Camp, and gear for off-site, natural rock climbing, the Council can support almost anything your troop will want to do.
Bouldering Wall at Durant
Bouldering is climbing, but requires no rope or safety belay. Bouldering can be done at the base of a cliff, at a boulder field, in a climbing gym, or on man-made structures like Durant’s bouldering wall. The boulder wall also serves as a training facility for learning climbing techniques as well as skill challenges for experienced climbers.
Boulderers usually climb no higher than shoulder height off the ground, and others act as spotters. This style requires the least amount of gear – you only need your shoes and a spotter. Spotting is a very important part of your safety when you boulder. Your climbing instructor will teach you how to spot correctly.
Bouldering focuses on individual moves rather than endurance, and boulder routes are commonly referred to as boulder problems because the climbs are much shorter, curious, and involve problem solving. Even the most experienced climbers spend time bouldering because it’s not about heights, it’s about building skill.
The bouldering wall at Durant provides the opportunity for scouts of all ages to practice climbing technique. Particularly for Cub scouts who are too young to use the climbing tower, bouldering is an opportunity to experience the thrills of climbing in a safe and challenging environment.
Climbing Tower at Durant
The climbing tower at Durant is a four sided structure incorporating climbing and rappelling challenges. There are four climbing routes and several rappelling stations. Each climbing route offers a variety of options to get to the top. One of the climbing faces is a 45 foot vertical surface. The other side has a variety of angles to negotiate along the way. The climbing difficulties range from 5.3 to 5.9 within the climbing rating system.
Rappelling at Durant
Rappelling, also known at Abseiling (from the German word abseilen, "to rope down"), is the controlled descent down a rope. At Durant, rappelling is done from all three levels of the tower. Participants may rappel from the first level of the tower down a 20 foot vertical wall. The second level has a unique window rappel station. At the top participants can choose from a vertical wall 45 foot rappel or go over a ledge for a 45 foot free air rappel.
The Council provides a full set of climbing gear (helmets, harnesses, ropes, and even climbing shoes for 15 climbers). With this gear, and Council-trained climbing instructors, scouting units can top-rope anywhere in the state. Read more about how to plan a natural rock event for your troop or crew.