Multi-Pitch Climbing Introduction
A great opportunity for people with a little climbing experience to immerse themselves in climbing history and savour the views from the mountains as you discover climbing on longer routes i.e. multi pitch climbing!
Highly qualified and experienced instructors, guide your learning, so you come away confident to undertake your own adventures.
Who is it for ?
To get the most from Multi-Pitch Climbing introduction you will have climbed outside on a number of occasions. You will leave understanding how to climb (and descend if required) longer mountain routes.
Multi-Pitch Climbing – Course Overview
On the course, you will learn the additional skills needed to be safe and enjoy the adventure of multi pitch climbing. Over the two days we will tackle some classic Snowdonia mountain routes at a grade suitable to you.
Don’t worry if the weather is bad, as we have a few cunning places that are at a lower altitude and invariably escape the rain yet give awe inspiring climbing.
Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of training courses for hills and mountains and our courses are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.
Multi-Pitch Climbing – Course Format
The course will be flexible to get the most learning out of the prevailing weather conditions. Below is a rough outline of the course.
9am. Introductions, us, you and the course before heading outside to a local crag.
- Equipment and how to use it.
- Basic skills recap.
- Guidebooks, route selection and the magic arts of route finding.
- Communication on the crag
- Climbing a multi-pitch route.
- Running belays and use of protection.
- Environmental concerns.
9am We meet and head straight out.
- Carrying equipment on harnesses.
- Head games and the psychology of fear
- Anchoring to the rock face.
- Stance management.
- Retreating from routes – planned and unplanned!.
- Double rope techniques
- Protecting traverses
16:00 Debrief and Close
Making a week of it
Many people ask if we run multi pitch climbing weeks. In simple terms, yes. Without a doubt this is the best way to experience the magnificent mountains that we are blessed with in the UK as it allows a variety of different styles of crag to be experienced, from quiet high mountain crags to café side test pieces. On our week courses, generally at least one day will be spent covering the skills and equipment required for harder scrambles. Please contact the office for more details.
- Location: Snowdonia
- Cost: £210 per person
- Duration: 2 days
- Ratio: 1:2
- Level: Intermediate
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are two or more of you that want the challenge and exhilaration of this course, but there are no suitable dates available or you would prefer the course in the Lake District, Please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
The course will meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig in Snowdonia.
The fee includes the use of ropes and all training materials. Whilst we encourage you to use your own gear if available, we are happy to loan any other equipment that you may need e.g. helmet, harness or boots, free of charge just let us know on your booking form.
A suggested kit list together with handy tips and links to instructional videos is in the Joining Instructions.
Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!) We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Introduction to Multi Pitch Climbing Joining Instructions.
The BMC booklet New Rock Climbers is highly recommended. It can be downloaded here
The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body) for climbing schemes contains lots of useful information. It is:
Rock Climbing, essential skills & techniques. Libby Peter.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and a good general fitness is quite sufficient.
If you are concerned, a small amount of upper body exercise prior to the course will allow you to focus more on the incredible views and learning than on willing tired arms onwards and upwards. This might be from general gym work or a few visits to the climbing wall.
This Beyond the Edge courses is non-residential to allow you to select between thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There are literally thousands of accommodation options in Snowdonia from uber luxurious 5 star Spa hotels to campsites and everything in between.
Further details of a range of accommodation options are listed on our Accommodation webpage.
If you are struggling to find something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.
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. You only need to pay the deposit if your course is more than six weeks away.
For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.
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.
Some options are listed under the Accommodation tab above.
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