Rock Climbing Taster Day
With some of the best climbing the UK has to offer right on our doorstep we can provide a brilliant introduction to the vertical world, both in ascent and descent. It’s a fantastic day out just for fun or as a team building day.
From the fundamentals of movement and balance, to the more technical aspects of anchors and abseiling, this taster day covers all the basics for you to be enthused about rock climbing and start experiencing climbing on your own.
“4 of us did the rock climbing taster day run by Alex and was one of the best outdoor pursuits i’ve done. Alex sussed us out well in terms of ability and the day was pitched perfectly in terms of the teaching style and how challenging the climbs were. He’s an excellent teacher, personable, very experienced and you instantly feel like you’re in safe hands. Was excellent value for money also. Would highly recommend and will be back when next in the peak district. 10/10” Ryan.
Who is it for ?
Anyone who wants to try rock climbing on the world famous crags of the Peak District. This activity is accessible to everyone, whatever age or level of ability.
Rock Taster – Course Overview
We meet, normally at 9am, and over a cuppa, have a quick chat and fit you with a helmet, harness and rock climbing shoes.
After this, we head out and depending on venue it is between a 5 and 10 minute drive.
Once at the crag we spend some time warming up and learning about balance before undertaking our first climbs.
Once basic safety systems have been learnt, participants will be encouraged to go at their own pace, climbing routes within their ability, and hopefully, become inspired to pursue the sport further.
If the day is with children (or the young at heart), we often spend some time weaselling to give a fun packed multiactivity day.
We aim to finish at around 4:30pm.
All taster days are privately guided with a maximum of six clients to one instructor.
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.
In Summer our Private guiding rates £205 per day for one or two days, and £195 per day for three or more days for two people. Our group rates are below.
|Participants||Price Per Person||Total per day|
|1||£205||£205 reducing to £195 for three or more days|
|2||£102.5||£205 reducing to £195 for three or more days|
|6 – 12||£55|
|13 – 24||£50|
- Location: Peak District
- Cost: from £205 per group
- Duration: 1 day
- Ratio: 1:6
- Level: Introduction
We normally 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.
However as this is a bespoke adventure, we can meet at a different location to suit your needs.
The fee includes the use of all specialist equipment and training materials.
What to wear
On booking, you will receive a set of joining instructions, listing what to bring and suggesting what to wear.
As a guide, several different layers will give you the most flexibility to stay warm. A thermal or T shirt followed by a sweater or fleece and a waterproof jacket. Please don’t wear anything valuable (including jewellery) as Gritstone is not a particularly gentle rock (it used to be used for grinding wheels and is very rough). Gloves are worth bringing and a warm beanie style hat – ones with a bobble will not fit under a climbing helmet.
On the bottom half, strive for flexibility in motion for pulling off that epic move. So yoga trousers, jogging bottoms etc are great and jeans are not (they also take ages to dry if there is a rain shower).
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.