Improve your personal climbing skills

If you’ve already begun your outdoor climbing journey, you will have realised that strength is secondary to technique. Even the fittest climbers will soon fall behind without the proper skills needed to climb harder routes. While we always make sure to share best practices with our students, this course is a masterclass that hones in specifically on technique.

In this course we will look more closely at hand and foot placements, body positioning, climbing movement and progressive training ideas. The course also includes such things as improved rope management, route grades, the history and etiquette of climbing, bouldering problems and how to protect a climber using spotting techniques.

During the session, our experienced climbing instructors will also cover effective warm ups, stretching for climbing, cool downs, injury avoidance, training ideas, and will provide specific climbing tuition tailored to your needs.

If you’re looking to zoom in on this critical element of rock climbing and get your foundations absolutely rock solid, this course is for you.

Information

Season

March to October

Duration

7hrs

Group Size

3-8

Restrictions

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

Aim

To take your climbing to the next level! We adopt a personal approach to develop and improve your personal climbing techniques, movement, climbing knowledge, and sharpen up rope management skills.

Who is it for?

Those with previous climbing experience or those who have completed our Introduction to Rock Climbing course.

Prerequisites

You must be able to confidently tie into the rope and belay another climber. If you don't yet have these skills book on our Introduction to Rock Climbing course.

Groups

Group bookings can be arranged:

£95pp (Group Size 3-4)
£91pp (Group Size 5-6)
£87pp (Group Size 7-8)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 4 people.

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Itinerary

We start by setting up some lower graded climbs to get everyone warmed up and check belaying skills etc. Our instructors will then tailor the course to the needs of the participant's personal aims and climbing aspirations.

As the day progresses we’ll introduce more challenging and technical climbs to progress your body movement as well as your hand and foot techniques.

Skills Covered

  • Safety awareness
  • Warm up / stretching / cool downs
  • Different belay devices
  • Improved belaying techniques
  • Climbing terminology
  • Hand and foot techniques
  • Body positions and movement
  • Bouldering skills
  • Climbing etiquette
  • Grading systems
  • History of climbing & the BMC
Locations

Climbing sessions are run at either, Harrison's Rocks, Eridge Green Rocks or Stone Farm Rocks in Sussex.

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
  • Climbing shoes

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
  • Rock boots / Trainers**
  • Harness
  • Rucksack
  • 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.

**Please wear soft-soled shoes such as trainers; you are not permitted to wear walking boots etc. as these damage the rocks. Please remember that the rocks are a short distance from the car park so it's important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack, leaving space for climbing equipment.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.