This course is ideally suited to those who have gained some experience at a climbing wall. And now want to start learning about outdoor climbing. You will learn a number of skills on this course. Such as how to make sense of guidebooks, correctly placing protection and judging its quality. As well as building solid anchors at the top of the crag. We will also show you how to safely use ropes. And coach you on movement and climbing techniques. This is a 5-day course. With the overall aim to move you away from single-pitch crags onto multi-pitch climbing.

Who is this course for?

People who should attend this course should have some prior experience using a climbing wall. Although no experience is required of outdoor climbing, it is important to know how to use a harness and tie in to a rope end. As well as being able to use a belay, and understand what is involved in climbing. Ultimately, a certain degree of fitness is necessary for this course.

What will I be doing as part of this course?

We understand that everyone works at a different pace. Which is why we only choose climbs that are suited to your ability. This is achieved particularly by our high staff to student ratio.

Every day, our staff will choose a route best suited to the groups ability. As well as the weather conditions. We pride ourselves on providing a flexible programme. However on the first two days, single pitch crags will be visited. On the final three days, you will be split into smaller groups whilst tackling larger multi-pitch crags.

Over the week, a number of areas will be explored, including:

  • Lots of good climbing and movement coaching
  • Climbing hardware and equipment
  • Ropework for single and multi-pitch crags
  • Abseiling (with self-protection)
  • Understanding the principles of lead climbing
  • Judgement, route choice and route finding (a good nose for where it goes!)
  • The BMC – services and clubs
  • Where do I go from here? – after the course

Price: £500 per person