Top climbers in Wirksworth masterclass

Two of the world's best professional climbers are visiting the climbing wall at Wirksworth Leisure Centre on Sunday 24 April.

Climbers James Pearson and Caroline CiavaldiniJames Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini will deliver a masterclass and talk at the Derbyshire Dales District Council facility - with only 36 places available for the masterclass climb on a first come, first served basis.

Growing up in the Peak District, James donned his first pair of rock shoes aged 15 and quickly started climbing some of gritstone's hardest and boldest routes.

Caroline grew on the tiny island of La Reunion, a dot on the map in the South Indian Ocean, discovering climbing aged 12 and quickly becoming obsessed by the competition world.

Said Wirksworth Leisure Centre duty manager Scott Turner:

"This is an incredibly exciting day for us and hopefully it will be an event that inspires more local people to use the fabulous climbing wall at the centre, which we call The Face.

"James and Caroline have conquered some of the world's toughest challenges. James shifted his focus to include bouldering, sport, and multi-pitch, and currently continues his quest to climb hard rock all over the world, while for 10 years Caroline has focused on the Lead World Cup Circuit, training hard, travelling the world, but climbing mostly indoors.

"Now she is redirecting her motivation towards outdoor climbing, and loves to give herself challenges in trad, sport and multi-pitch."

Morning and afternoon sessions will comprise:

  • 10.00am - 11.00am: Talk followed by (11am – 12.30pm) masterclass climb (18 spaces)
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm: Talk followed by (2.30pm – 4.00pm) masterclass climb (18 spaces).

James Pearson  and Caroline Ciavaldini PosterThe 36 masterclass climb places are available on a first come, first served basis. It's £15 adults for a combination ticket (£12 concessions).

Talk-only tickets are available for the morning and afternoon sessions with a maximum 200 places for each. Prices are £7 adults (£5 concessions).

The Face climbing wall will not be available for general climbing during the masterclasses.

For more information or to buy tickets please contact Scott Turner on 01629 824717 or email wirksworthleisuredm@

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