Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses

Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses 2022
You can sign up as an individual or a pair

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 3 beginners Trad Climbing course based in Kingussie, and an improvers Trad Climbing Course based in Fort William. You can sign up as an individual or group. Please note you are responsible for organising your own transport and accomodation. Hope to see you soon!

Rock climbing Polldubh Glen Nevis Ben Nevis learn to trad climb 9

2 day Intro to Trad Climbing Course

Kingussie (near Aviemore) // 1:2 ratio // £250pp
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th May
Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th June
(please contact us for other possible dates)

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.

Rock climbing Polldubh Glen Nevis Ben Nevis learn to trad climb 4

2 Day Trad Climbing Progression Course

Polldubh (near Fort William) // 1:2 ratio // £250pp
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May

Summary: A two day course for anyone looking to progress their trad climbing skills and break into multi-pitch climbing

Pre-requisites: Outdoor rock climbing experience of “seconding” routes, at least one previous lead climb (single pitch is ok), competent belayer.

Learning: Tailored to you and usually including:

  • Using guidebooks and choosing routes
  • Climbing etiquette and communication 
  • Safe and secure placements and anchors
  • Belaying from ledges above and below
  • Swapping leads between pitches with smooth and tidy ropework
  • Movement skills on outdoor rock
  • Abseilling
  • Lots of tips and tricks

Details: This course will be based in Glen Nevis near Fort William. We may occasionally travel East to Kingussie depending on weather. Both days will be at a 1:2 ratio. We can provide harnesses and helmets, but you will need your own climbing shoes.