Whether you’re a complete beginner, new to the outdoors, wanting to take the kids climbing or itching to lead your first route, there’s a rock climbing course here for you. Low ratios ensure high quality instruction and high quality tuition at a personal level. All our Peak District climbing courses are outdoor courses, and focus on the fundamentals of how to rock climb, in order to help you climb at your best.
- Book a day – families, newbies, groups, improvers
- Rock Climbing Course 1 – Introduction to Climbing
- Rock Climbing Course 2 – Improvers’ Course
- Rock Climbing Course 3 – Learn to Lead
- Rock Climbing Course 4 – Rocks and Ropes – recap the ropework
- Rock Climbing Course 5 – Multi-pitch Rock Climbing
- Peak District climbing challenge – 10 routes, in 10 km, in 10 hours
Rock Climbing – some jargon explained
Many people come to rock climbing by way of their local indoor wall or climbing gymn. They don’t realise it – but something that is seemingly so simple as a concept is a package of differing styles, grading systems and ethics too. So here are a few words on what you could be getting into …
This is what you do when you climb indoors. At your indoor wall you’ll find routes with pre-rigged climbing ropes and routes with just a series of bolts in the wall. The former is what is largely known as top-rope climbing. This is extremely safe since you are always attached to a rope. The bolted walls are for lead climbers. Climbing on bolts outdoors is known as sport climbing – and there is an alpha-numeric grading system for this style of climbing.
Rock climbing outdoors is split largely into three groups: bouldering, traditional (‘trad’) and sport climbing. Bouldering is climbing low outcrops of rocks or boulders without the need for a rope. Bouldering can be done solo with just a mat, or more safely and socialably with friends who will “spot” for you. (Spotting is the process of essentially allowing you to fall, but falling safely and hopefully on the mat that’s beneath you).
Trad stands for traditional. For some trad is synonymous with desperate routes, polished rock, moss, rain, the wrong gear carried, short daylight hours with sunlight haemoraging from the sky and just a stiff upper lip that is the margin between life and death. Very occasionally it’s like this, but mostly it’s about getting out on a local crag and enjoying a wonderful adventure. Really (in my subjective opinion) this is what rock climbing is all about. Trad climbing is where people lead routes and safeguard themselves by placing protection (gear) as they go. The second climber then climbs up and retrieves all this gear. (It’s very expensive). The grading system for trad climbing is a complicated mixture of adjectival grades and numbers … It’s a bit like the offside rule in football: it takes time to learn it but once you do you wonder what all the fuss is about. We’ve mentioned sport climbing – no gear is needed since the route is pre-bolted. It’s comparatively rare to find any sport climbing venues in the UK – though they do exist. Better is to travel overseas – where there’s an abundance of sport routes to be found on the continent and Europe.
Will4Adventure rock climbing courses
All our rock climbing courses take place outdoors on real rock. Rock 1 courses have you climbing on a top rope system (with a rope always safely above you). Rock 2 courses take the adventure a little further and you will second routes as well as learn how to place gear. On Rock 3 climbing courses you’ll learn to lead climb placing your own protection as you climb. If you have to climb a rock face in many goes because it is too high to get to the top in one go – this is called multi-pitch climbing and this is taught in our Rock 5 mountaineering course.
Be it an adventure weekend you’re seeking, a weekend in the fresh air or a brilliant new hobby to take you outdoors you couldn’t do much better than join us for one of these Peak District climbing courses. Rock climbing is also perfect for the corporate day out – get in touch for ideas and details.