Climbing Out was founded in 2010 by Kelda Wood after she suffered a serious leg injury that had a huge impact on her own life. Kelda has gone on to represent Great Britain as a member of the GB Paracanoe squad, however, having just missed out on selection for the Paralympic Games in Rio, she was then selected as a member of the Adaptive Grand Slam Team who were attempting to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America at 7,000m. On the 19th January 2017, she became the first recorded adaptive female to summit the mountain.

In December 2018 will be attempting to solo row the Atlantic with the aim of inspiring others who have been through life changing injury, illness or trauma, and to raise awareness that physical or mental trauma may be life changing, but it doesn’t have to be life limiting.

A message from Kelda

My life had always revolved around sport, playing netball at a National level and riding horses professionally. But after being injured in 2002 it left me unable to run or play many of the sports I loved. I felt that I’d lost the one thing that defined the person that I was, and as I result, I lost a huge amount of confidence and self belief in myself and my abilities.

After being lucky enough to be introduced to outdoor activities in 2010, I decided it was time to start turning my life around and I began re training as an outdoor instructor. A whole new world opened up to me and I began to get some of the old Kelda back.

I knew I had to do something to give other young people in a similar situation to myself the opportunity to see that life wasn’t over just because or a serious injury, illness or trauma.

 The result was Climbing Out

Kelda Wood

Our Patrons

Marc Woods

Marc Woods lost his leg as a result of cancer at the age of 17. Marc had been a country swimmer before his diagnosis, and within a year he was swimming quicker with one leg than he had been with two. Just 18 months after he finished his chemotherapy he was selected to represent Great Britain.

He subsequently competed at European & World Championships and Paralympic Games. In his 17 years of competition he won a staggering 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games, 4 of those medals being gold. Marc also won a further 21 medals from European and World Championships

Marc sums up everything that Climbing Out is about, and he will without doubt, be a huge inspiration to the young people taking part in our programmes. You can read more about Marc’s amazing achievements at

Sir Christopher Bonnington made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985. He has written 17 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering

Sir Christopher Bonnington

How it all works:

Climbing Out, as a registered charity, organises and coordinates the 5 day programmes. We raise the funds required to run the programmes and the source young people who will really benefit from the opportunity of taking part in a Climbing Out programme.

Climbing Out work in Partnership with Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO), who provide and coordinate the activities throughout the 5 days.

CGO is a leading provider of outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development and provide us with highly qualified and experienced instructors throughout the week.



We also work in Partnership with the Youth Hostel Association
(YHA) who provide us with amazing accommodation and hospitality for the 5 day programmes at one of their fantastic hostels in stunning locations in the Lakes, Peak District and North Wales.

YHA Hawkshead

Climbing Out teams up with a variety of partner organisations that work directly with young people facing a life changing injury, illness or trauma. This ensures we offer our programmes to the young people who will gain maximum benefit from taking part.

We are currently working with a number of charities and organisations linking us up with young people who are facing:TeenageCancerTrustLogo.jpg

Kidney Disease
Bullying, bereavement or abuse
Physical or Mental Trauma
Loss of limbs or life changing injuries

Our programmes are available to any young person aged between 16-30yrs whose life has been effected by injury, illness or trauma.

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Having cancer has made me loose my identity, but being here has helped me find it and remember who I am

Georgia January 22, 2018

The Climbing Out Club

After attending a 5 day programme, all participants are offered membership to the Climbing Out Club. The club offers continued friendship, support and personal development through social events, fund raising activities, weekends away and training opportunities. The young people very much become part of a Climbing Out family.

The club also offers opportunities for volunteering, training, qualifications, adventures and development bursaries.


Climbing Out has opened doors that I thought were closed forever

Tom January 22, 2018