Learn to Rock Climb
Rock Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Climbers are heading out onto the sea cliffs, edges and mountain sides across the globe. Rock climbers have hundreds of climbing clubs and organisations , like the British Mountaineering Council that represent them. Its a big sport. Why? People like to enjoy the outdoor environment and gets them away physically and mentally from the day to day stresses of life. The activity of rock climbing is good healthy exercise making people fitter, stronger and feeling good about themselves. For most climbers its all the above but also the chance to communicate with other folk and have fun together. The addictive nature of the sport means climbers become passionate about all areas of the pursuit. Guides just love to climb!
Who can Climb?
Climbing is for all. If you want to try it give it a go. Climbing routes can be at all heights, standards and steepness. For most its about enjoying a nice situation whether it be near the coast, on a mountain or in a wild remote setting. Any shapes, heights, strength of person can climb its a very group based social sport. A perfect opportunity to meet new friends and travel to stunning locations.
How do I start?
Many people first try climbing on an indoor wall or perhaps scramble up some rocks , while out on a summers day hill wall. But it is soon apparent that learning to use rock climbing equipment is essential to make the activity safe. Learning about harnesses, ropes, protection and belaying are fundimental skills to safe climbing anywhere. Climbers have developed systems that are used the world over. The climbing calls and buddy systems make for fail safe checks that keep the climbers from making mistakes. Guides can inspire and coach you to be a more efficient climber while at the sane time giving the climber the basics in safe rope work
What should I learn
All climbers work as a team, generally two per rope. Both leader and second need to be able to handle a belay plate, manage ropes, abseil and place runners. Learning about all the equipment takes time and experience but at an early stage its important to become a competent second so you at least can be a team member. This can be coached over a couple of days. To learn to lead often takes longer generally a 5 day bliock of days gives sufficient time to build up from nothing enough skill, experience and judgement to become a novice leader on a climbing wall and crag. General skills:
- Coaching of movement and bouldering
- Basic rope work and belaying
- Use of natural protection and building anchors
- Introduction to leading
Generally it is suggested for an initial introduction a weekend or two day block and to learn to lead a 5 day course is best.
- UK :Peak District, North Wales, The Lakes, Pembrokeshire, Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland
- Alps: Chamonix; Vaudois; Aosta Valley.
- Hot Rock: France; Spain; Italy; Greece;Morocco