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  BMC Introduction to Trad Climbing


Peak District


£50 per person


1 day

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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 Dates
Due to COVID 19, courses are currently cancelled.

Fri 7 Aug – Grindleford

Meeting Point

The course will meet in Grindleford at 0900. It has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

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

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.


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. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


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

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