BMC Introduction to Trad Climbing

A one day workshop looking at essential trad climbing skills for BMC club members.

This one day workshop looks at good practice in placing gear, building belays and the different ways to equalise belays. The day will be spent predominantly at a crag developing these skills and then testing your rope systems. As the day will be spent outside learning by doing, please make sure you have the equipment needed to spend 6 hours outside potentially in damp weather.

Course Format

Start 09:00 Grindleford

We start with a short chat to introduce the course and ourselves and also work out individuals knowledge before heading out. During the day we will cover:

  • Equipment review – The tools you will need to take with you climbing
  • Guidebooks, crag and route selections
  • Understanding the climbing environment
  • Gear placement
  • Belay building
  • Equalising techniques
  • Good ropework

Close 17:00

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £60 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:5
  • Level: Introduction
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Meeting Point

    The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

    The hotel has ample free parking.

  • Equipment Required

    A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the course.

  • Recommended Reading

    Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!), we give some detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in the Joining Instructions.

  • Eligibility

    Candidates should be proficient at seconding traditional rock climbs, although the grade does not matter.

  • Accommodation Options

    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 and most courses start from here.

    Further details and other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


  • How do I book ?

    The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking.

  • Does the course include accommodation ?

    Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.

    In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food. We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers, offer a discount to BtE clients and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!

    Further details and other accommodation options can be found on our Accommodation page.

  • Children, Parking, Dogs, COVID and everything else...

    You will find all of the most frequently asked questions and their answers on our FAQ webpage.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £60 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:5
  • Level: Introduction
Select course date

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