Rock Climbing Camp
5 days (residential)
Embark on your first climbing trip with our 5 day rock climbing camp for 13 – 17 year olds. You’ll develop your outdoor climbing skills, meet other climbers and surround yourself with all things climbing for a full week. That’s what climbing trips are for, after all!
Climbing by day, camping by night, it’s part of the climbing lifestyle. Our 5 day rock climbing camp for 13 – 17 year olds provides an immersive introduction to the climbing trip experience in a world-class climbing destination, all under the supervision of an experienced and qualified instructor.
During the day you’ll visit some of the Peak District’s world-renowned crags where we’ll cover the basics before covering skills that will prepare you for climbing independently, such as placing gear and building anchors. You will also sample different rock types, boulder on gritstone and build on your technique and movements skills through varied activities and challenges. We may also explore other rope and rope related adventures, like abseiling and weaseling.
After a day of climbing you’ll return to camp at North Lees. Here you’ll learn essential skills for camping independently so that you can enjoy more trips in the future, including cooking your own meals on a camping stove. When that’s done we play rope tricks and learn cool climbing tips until the sun goes down…
Join us for 5 memorable days of vertical challenges, fun and adventures!
What will I learn?
The course covers essential skills for rock climbing safely and responsibly outdoors, such as belaying and tying knots. If you feel comfortable, we’ll also pave the way for learning to lead climb by looking at placing protection and building anchors. We’ll also tackle outdoor bouldering safety skills and the different equipment you can use as a climber.
You’ll also work on movement skills, technique and tactics like route-reading. In the Peak District we’re lucky to have both limestone and gritstone, so you’ll be able to explore how different rock types affect how you climb.
In the evenings we’ll look at how to safely use a stove, different meals you can cook on it, and the practicalities of camping out in the countryside during a trip.
Climbing is all about camaraderie, supporting your peers and working together to solve problems. After a week with your fellow climbers, we’re sure you’ll forge long-lasting friendships, and find climbing partners for future excursions!
The course timetable will be flexible according to the weather, but it might look like this…
Day 1: Meet at North Lees campsite to establish our basecamp and get the lay of the land. Once we have got to know one another we’ll head out bouldering to practice movement skills before returning for your first night under the stars.
Day 2: Wake up feeling fresh, eat breakfast and head out to the crag. On day 2 we’ll revise your basic safety skills, focusing on belaying, knots and climbing calls. Over the course of the day we’ll think about building confidence in these skills and begin to experiment with gear placements to create anchors.
Day 3: After 2 days of climbing you may be feeling a bit tired. A morning of abseiling at Miller’s Dale will wake you up ready for an afternoon of climbing on the limestone.
Day 4: As the end of the trip looms it’s time to get in those last holiday sends. Let’s put together those movement and safety skills for a great day out at the crag. If we haven’t touched it already we will have a look at building anchors at the top of climbs and maybe ghost roping (the first step towards making a lead).
Day 5: The dreaded final morning where you have to take down your tent and work out just how to put it back in its bag (don’t worry, we have some handy tips!) To console us of this trauma, we’ll head out to the crag for one last session before returning to North Lees for pickup.
Mon 26 Jul – Fri 2 Aug 2021
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If four or more of you would like to attend our five day climbing camp but there are no suitable dates available, or if you would like to arrange a climbing camp for a shorter duration, please contact the office and we will arrange something to suit your requirements.
We meet between 0900 and 0930 at North Lees campsite in Hathersage, pick up at 1700 on the final day is at the same point. For people arriving by train we can pick you up from Hathersage station
The course cost includes equipment for climbing and other activities. Tents are provided, but you will need a sleeping bag and sleeping mat (or shiver…) A full list of kit that you should bring is included in the climbing camp joining instructions.
You should be aged between 13 and 17 years old to attend this course.
This course is residential and accommodation will be at North Lees campsite, the accommodation is included in the course cost. A Beyond the Edge instructor stays on-site all week so the fun doesn’t stop at 5pm with evening activities included. Participants will normally share tents, with a similar age person of the same sex. One large base camp tent acts as a communal space.
Facilities include a fully-equipped shower block with separate men’s and women’s showers and toilets. There is also a dedicated disabled toilet and shower facility. Further details of the accommodation will be provided in the joining instructions.