Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses

Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses 2021

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, a weekend 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 three Trad Climbing Courses, each with two date-options. You can sign up as an individual or group. All courses will be based out of Fort William. Read on to find out more!

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

Trad Foundation Weekend

17-18th July // 1:2 ratio // £200pp

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

Pre-requisites: Some indoor experience, with confidence tying your knots, belaying and climbing grade F5a

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: The weekend will be based in Glen Nevis near Fort William. We may occasionally travel East to Kingussie depending on weather. The whole weekend 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

Trad Progression Weekend

24-25th July // 1:2 ratio // 200pp

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

Pre-requisites: Some outdoor rock climbing experience of “seconding” routes, confident 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: The weekend will be based in Glen Nevis near Fort William. We may occasionally travel East to Kingussie depending on weather. The whole weekend will be at a 1:2 ratio. We can provide harnesses and helmets, but you will need your own climbing shoes.