Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses

Two Day Trad Climbing Courses 2023
Weekend 10th + 11th June (2 spaces)
Weekend 23rd + 24th June (2 spaces)

Learning the skills to go outdoor rock climbing independently will open up a world of possibilities for you. It might initially seem like a whole other world of complex ropework and strange equipment, but it’s not! For those with basic indoor skills, two days of outdoor tuition can provide a solid foundation to get going on your own. Similarly, the transition to multipitch climbing might be simpler than you think.

“Trad Climbing”, short for “Traditional Climbing”, is the most common type of climbing in the UK. Trad Climbing involves keeping yourself safe using pieces of “gear” which you place /wedge / jam into natural features of the rock as you climb upwards. This is in contrast to “Sport Climbing”, where a rock face has been pre-equipped with metal bolts drilled into the rock.

This year we are offering 2 beginners Trad Climbing courses based in Kingussie. You can sign up as an individual or group – all days will be delivered at a 1:2 ratio. You can also get in touch to discuss bespoke teaching days or courses!

Hope to see you soon!

Learn to trad climb intro course Kingussie Rock Climbing

2 day Intro to Trad Climbing Course

Kingussie (near Aviemore) // 1:2 ratio // £275pp
Please register interest for any dates outwith the above

Summary: A two day course for anyone looking to break into the world of outdoor rock climbing and learn the skills to get going independently 

Pre-requisites: Some indoor or outdoor experience, with confidence tying your knots and belaying.

Learning: Tailored to you and usually including:

  • Using guidebooks and choosing routes
  • Climbing etiquette and communication
  • An introduction to trad climbing gear 
  • Placing trad climbing gear safely
  • Building secure anchors
  • Belaying from the top of a climb
  • Safe lead belaying skills
  • Your first trad lead
  • Movement skills on outdoor rock
  • Abseilling

Details: This 2 day course will be based at Kingussie Crags, near Aviemore. Both days will be at a 1:2 ratio. We can provide harnesses and helmets, but you will need your own climbing shoes – happy to give advice if you don’t yet own any.