Intermediate Rock Climbing / Rock Skills
No longer a novice rock climber, an average Intermediate Rock Climbing course member will want to head outside away from the big purple holds of the wall and experience some Peak District rock climbing. You will ideally have completed a Beyond the Edge Rock Climbing Introduction course or have learnt the basics elsewhere.
This intermediate rock climbing course builds on your existing climbing knowledge and extends both your knowledge and skills so that you become a safe and confident second. By the end of an intermediate climbing course you will be able to identify routes appropriate to your ability, set up your own top ropes and then climb the route.
It’s brilliant as a introduction to rock climbing outside for those who skills have been learnt indoors, a refresher course if you haven’t been climbing for a while or frequently used as a build up to a Learn to Lead traditional rock climbs course.
As with all our courses if you are not sure which one would suit you best, give the office a call and we will steer you to the most appropriate one.
Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sept
Sat 19 Oct – Sun 20 Oct
Sat 9 – Sun 10 Nov
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are no dates that suit your availability and there are two or more of you that want to improve your rock climbing, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.
The course will meet at 09:00 in Grindleford.
Grindleford has plenty of parking and good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.
The two days are flexible to get the best out of the weather and match what we do to your individual ambitions. We will visit at least two different crags so you get a taste of the amazing rock climbing in the Peak District.
After introductions over a cuppa, we plan the day. We normally revise what you know already to make sure everything is safe, before extending you knowledge, so don’t worry if you are rusty.
Over the two days we will cover:
- Guide book use and access to crags
- Movement and balance in the vertical realm
- Placing traditional gear to create belays
- Construction of top rope systems
- Safe belaying (from the top and the bottom)
- Abseiling with a prussik
- Simple problem avoidance and solving
We finish at about 1700 on Day 1 and about 1600 on Day 2.
The fee includes the use of specialist equipment and all training materials. Whilst we encourage you to bring and use your own gear so that we can discuss it, all ropes used on courses will be provided by Beyond the Edge. We are happy to loan any other equipment that you may need eg helmet, harness or boots, free of charge just let us know on your booking form. A full kit list is included in the Joining Instructions.
This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we normally start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm
You certainly don’t have to be super active climber to enjoy the course. However, a little rock climbing fitness will allow you to get more out of the course. If you cant get to a climbing wall, average fitness will be fine as its all about balance and legwork…
If you have slightly more time you may be interested in spending a week on the rock to give yourself more confidence and linking it with an introduction to leading. Whatever your aspirations drop the office a line and we will aim to put a package together that meets your desires.