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 rock 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
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 …
Wall climbing – 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 a alpha-numeric grading system for this style of climbing.
Climbing outdoors is split largely into three groups: bouldering, traditional (trad) and sport. Bouldering is climbing low outcrops of rocks without need for a rope. Many boulderers also forgo a helmet (due to it not looking cool) – and instead of using a helmet and rope – they have a mattress laid out on the floor beneath them.
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.
All Will4Adventure rock climbing courses take place outdoors on real rock. Rock 1 courses have you climbing on a top rope system. 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. 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 – 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 weekend courses. Rock climbing is also perfect for the corporate day out – get in touch for ideas and details.
Peak District Accommodation – Castleton
While accommodation is not included in the price we will happily help you find something comfortable and to the liking of your budget – from campsites and barns to youth hostels and B&B’s.
Camping and Bunkhouse
Pindale Farm Outdoor Centre
Pindale Farm, Pindale Road, Hope,
Derbyshire, S33 6RN
Tel: 01433 620111
YHA – Losehill Hall
Castleton, Hope Valley,
Derbyshire S33 8WB
Tel: 0870 770 5758
Market Place, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ
Tel: 01433 620201
Back Street, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WE
Tel: 01433 623291
Castle Street, Hope Valley, Castleton, Buxton, Derbyshire, S33 8WG
Tel: 01433 620244
Fax: 01433 620244
Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WA http://www.dunscarfarm.co.uk/
Four Seasons B&B
Spital House, How Lane, Hope Valley, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WJ
Tel: 01433 620 655
How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WJ
Pindale Road, Hope Valley, Castleton, Buxton, Derbyshire, S33 8WU
Tel: 01433 620400
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn
How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WJ
Tel: 01433 620330
How to get to Castleton
With a view to helping the environment and keeping costs down you may be willing to share space in your car, or maybe you need a lift: either way, let us know and we’ll see what can be done.
If you are making your own way, try plugging the above postcodes into www.streetmap.co.uk and you’ll be provided a great set of instructions.
Alternatively take the train to Hope (in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire) and from there you can walk to Castleton (2 miles), get a taxi or take the 272 bus.
Taxis will need to be pre-booked – try these numbers:
Mick Rowland – 0777 1762068
Sickleholme mini-cab hire – 01433 651173 / 0777 3763445
Note –you must make arrangements to find Castleton in Derbyshire – there is more than one Castleton in the UK !