Climb classic routes with our expert climbing instructors

Our guided rock climbing trips are designed to introduce climbers to "seconding" on "traditionally placed” protection.

During our guided climbing trips you will be in expert hands who will teach you everything you need to know about seconding a lead climber (climbing up after them and removing their gear); rope management on single and double ropes, removing lead climbing protection, route selection and protecting your descent while abseiling. Even though you won't actually be lead climbing yourself, your instructor will help you to familiarise yourself with the traditional rock climbing equipment and techniques that differ to 'top-roped' climbing.

These guided trips are a fantastic opportunity to climb some of the UK's classic routes and push your climbing ability in some stunning locations. Guided climbing trips can be held in a number of locations around the country and we have loads of suggestions for you. For some more inspiration, take a look at our climbing holiday destinations.

Due to the nature of the climbing on this course, the ratios are a maximum of 1:2 (instructor/client ratio). This way you are guaranteed high quality, intensive climbing instruction and a personal experience tailored to you and your group.

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Information

Season

March to October

Duration

2 Days

Group Size

1-3

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 19 stone (120kg)

Aim

To learn how to second a lead climber. Increase knowledge of rope management, remove lead climbing protection, understand route selection and how to protect your descent whilst abseiling.

Who is it for?

Those with previous climbing experience. Anyone wishing to conquer some classic climbs and learn how to confidently belay a lead climber outdoors without wishing to lead themselves, or with a view to possibly going on to do lead climbing in the future.

Prerequisites

You must be able to safely and confidently belay.  Personal climbing ability isn't important although you will benefit most if you can climb to a 4a/b standard.
 

Groups

1 Day Guiding
1 Person - £150pp
2 People - £125pp

2 Days Guiding
1 Person - £295pp
2 People - £170pp

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Itinerary

Guided climbing trips are tailored to suit your needs, and progression will be built throughout the course.

Skills Covered

  • Using guide books and route selection
  • Equipment selection
  • Belaying a lead climber using single and double ropes
  • Rope techniques
  • Lead racks (removal of nuts, hex's, cams, etc.)
  • Climbing technique
  • Climbing etiquette
  • Self protected abseiling
Locations

Courses can be held in a number of climbing locations throughout the UK.

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Helmet
  • Belaying device and karabiners

The items below are included, however to gain the most from this course we recommend that you have your own items:

  • Harness
  • Rock boots

Equipment needed

For all outdoor climbing courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Comfortable clothing, suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Approach shoes / trainers**
  • Rock boots
  • Harness
  • Rucksack (approx. 25-30ltr)
  • Packed lunch and plenty of water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry.

**For the walk-ins we’d recommend sturdy approach shoes or trainers with a substantial tread should be worn. Walking boots can be a good option but if we’re attempting long routes and climbing with kit they’ll be very heavy to carry.

Please remember the crags can be a fair walk or scramble from the car park, so it's important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack leaving space for climbing equipment.

Transport

To reduce the environmental impact, we actively encourage people to lift share where possible. Our instructors may be able to share transport from Brighton, London and the South East, or we will meet at the venue.

Accommodation

To keep the course costs down accommodation is not included. We can usually recommend some places to stay.