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Techniques and Rigging for Rock Climbing Photography


Peak District


£140 per person


2 days

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The best shots require imagination and skill. We can’t give you imagination, but we can give you the skills to get safely into a great position to capture the moment.

We look at a variety of techniques and concepts for safe, effective and expressive rock climbing photography. We will look at equipment, composition, working professionally and choosing a shooting angle. We spend lots of practical time on safe safe positioning from simple handrail and tether systems to abseiling and ascending techniques.

Who is it for

This course is designed for those who want to learn the access skills to get in a great position to capture the shot and also the photographic technicalities of working at height.

Course Overview

During the two days, we look at many aspects including choosing and looking after your equipment, composition, editing, working professionally and publishing images.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of rock climbing, mountaineering and adventure training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers and instructors. 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.

The courses will be run by Alex Ekins a qualified photojournalist and a Mountaineering and Rock Climbing instructor with over 25 years experience of photography and rock climbing throughout the world. Alex has been published in the mainstream media including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Economist, Le Monde and National Geographic as well as in climbing magazines throughout the world. Some of Alex’s magazine covers are shown here.

Course Dates

Thu 6 – Fri 7 May
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Jul
Sat 13 – Sun 14 Nov

Bespoke Dates

If there are no dates suitable and there are four or more of you that would like a Rock Climbing Photography course, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 0900 in Grindleford. This has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

We start with a chat over a cuppa in our training room, watch a presentation covering some theory and techniques before heading outside. During the course we will cover:

  • Camera Equipment
  • Specialist climbing and rigging equipment
  • Composition and framing
  • Fitting and using a harness
  • Rigging rope systems for abseiling and ascending
  • How to choose a location and positioning
  • Working with professional climbers
  • Editing photographs
  • Options for publishing and/or selling your images
Equipment Required

A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. Any digital camera will be fine and a laptop for editing will enable you to fully participate in the evaluation process. Outdoor clothing including waterproofs will enable you to enjoy your time outside. We can provide harnesses and helmets, please just let us know if you require this.


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 this photography course. Average fitness is all that is required and the ability to spend most of the day in an outdoor environment.

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