Introduction to Rock Climbing (Rock Skills 1)
£85 / £149
1 or 2 days
This is the ideal course for the complete beginner or those with some experience indoors who are now looking to head outside and get to grips with real rock.
From the fundamentals of movement and balance, to the more technical aspects of anchors and abseiling, this short course covers all the basics for you to be enthused about rock climbing and start experiencing climbing outdoors on your own.
The Mountain Training course Rock Skills Introduction is the first day. Day two takes the skills further and consolidates the learning.
Once basic safety systems have been learnt, participants will be encouraged to go at their own pace, climbing routes within their ability, and become inspired to pursue the sport further.
Beyond the Edge are one of the most experienced providers of Mountain Training courses in the UK. We think its important that the courses run in a fun and friendly manner and take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.
This course is accessible to everyone. Average fitness is all that is required, as we won’t be visiting any crags that require a long ‘walk in’.
If you wish to receive accreditation from Mountain Training (National Governing Body) for completion of Rock Skills Introduction (the first day of the course) then you need to register with them. Registration is free for under 18s and £20 for those wiser in years. Once registered, this is valid for all of the Rock Skills awards (Introduction, Intermediate and Learn to Lead).
February – Sat 20 – Sun 21 Feb 2021,
March – Sat 13 – Sun 14 Mar
April – Fri 2 – Sat 3 Apr, Sat 10 – Sun 11, Thu 15 – Fri 16 Apr Sat 24 – Sun 25 Apr
May – Sat 1 – Sun 2 May, Sat 15 – Sun 16 May, Mon 24 – Tue 25 May
June – Sat 5 – Sun 6, Thu 17 – Fri 18, Sat 26 – Sun 27
July – Sat 10 – Sun 11, Thu 15 – Fri 16, Sat 24 – Sun 25
August – Sat 7 – Sun 8, Mon 16 – Tue 17, Sat 28 – Sun 29
September – Sat 11 – Sun 12, Sat 25 – Sun 26
October – Sat 2 – Sun 3, Sat 16 – Sun 17,
November – Sat 13 – Sun 14 Nov
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are no dates suitable and there are two or more of you that want to sample rock climbing, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary
The course will meet at 0900 in Grindleford which has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
After the course introductions over a cuppa, we will talk about climbing equipment, how to fit it and how to use it safely before heading outside to put the theory into practice. Its a very short drive from where we meet to the crag.
Once there we will start climbing! We look at balance and movement in the vertical realm and learn the skills to safely climb routes suitable for our level of ability. In the afternoon, we also look at abseiling.
The second days builds on the first, learning more advanced rock climbing skills and allowing you to show off the ones you have honed. As skills and confidence progress, we will tackle slightly more challenging climbs and start to learn some of the skills required to climb under our own steam. We guarantee some good instagram moments!
The fee includes the use of specialist equipment and all training materials. We encourage you to use your own gear if available so you get confident with it, but are happy to loan any equipment that you may need e.g. helmet, harness or boots, free of charge. Simply let us know what you need on your booking form. A suggested kit list together with some tips and links to gear reviews is in the joining instructions.
It is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!) but The BMC booklet New Rock Climbers is highly recommended. It can be downloaded here. More detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Beginners Rock Climbing 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.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the course, and it’s a common misconception that you need arms like Popeye. Its much more efficient to use the stronger leg muscles to push you up than your weaker arm muscles to pull you up. We will teach you at the beginning that its all about balance and body position. In fact, one famous climber says there are a hundred routes on Stanage that you don’t even need to use your hands to climb!
If you have slightly more time you may be interested in following the Introduction to Rock Climbing with our Improvers course to provide a thorough grounding in climbing. We normally recommend this as a five day package to consolidate your knowledge and visit different venues both inside and outside. Please contact the office for more details.