Intermediate Rock Climbing / Rock Skills

Intermediate rock climbing is two highly practical days on the world famous crags of The Peak District, learning from expert instructors.

No longer a novice rock climber, an average Intermediate Rock Climbing course member will want to head outside away from the big purple holds of the wall and experience some Peak District rock climbing. You will ideally have completed a Beyond the Edge Rock Climbing Introduction course or have learnt the basics elsewhere.

Who is it for ?

It’s brilliant as a introduction to rock climbing outside for those whose skills have been learnt indoors, a refresher course if you haven’t been climbing for a while or frequently used as a build up to a Learn to Lead traditional rock climbs course.

By the end of an intermediate climbing course you will be able to identify routes appropriate to your ability, set up your own top ropes and then climb the route.

Intermediate Rock Climbing – Course Overview

The intermediate rock climbing course builds on your existing climbing knowledge and extends your knowledge, skills and confidence so that you become a safe and confident second.

Over the two days we make sure everyone understands how to place gear and build safe belays, as once we have nailed that a lifetime of our own climbing awaits!

As with all our courses if you are not sure which one would suit you best, give the office a call and we will steer you to the most appropriate one.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain training courses and they 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.

Intermediate Rock Climbing – Course Format

The two days are flexible to get the best out of the weather and match what we do to your individual ambitions. We will visit at least two different crags so you get a taste of the amazing rock climbing in the Peak District.

After introductions at 9am and over a cuppa, we plan the day. We normally revise what you know already to make sure everything is safe, before extending you knowledge, so don’t worry if you are rusty.

Over the two days we will cover:

  • Guide book use and access to crags
  • Movement and balance in the vertical realm
  • Placing traditional gear to create belays
  • Construction of top rope systems
  • Safe belaying (from the top and the bottom)
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Simple problem avoidance and solving

We finish at about 1630 on Day 1 and about 1600 on Day 2.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £195 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:4
  • Level: Intermediate
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

    If there are no dates that suit your availability and there are two or more of you that want to improve your rock climbing, please contact the officeand we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.

  • 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

    The fee includes the use of specialist equipment and all training materials. Whilst we encourage you to bring and use your own gear so that we can discuss it, all ropes used on courses will be provided by Beyond the Edge. We are happy to loan any other equipment that you may need eg helmet, harness or boots, free of charge just let us know on your booking form.

    A full kit list is included in the Joining Instructions.

  • 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 discount and this course runs from there.

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

    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 and request an invoice or pay.  If your course is under six weeks away you must pay the full amount.

    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.

    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 options are 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: £195 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:4
  • Level: Intermediate
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