Mountain Training is undertaking a review of its indoor and outdoor climbing awards and would like to hear your views. Online surveys for individuals and organisations are now open until Monday 11 April.
There are currently seven climbing awards: two for indoor climbing (Climbing Wall Award and Climbing Wall Leading Award), two coaching qualifications (Foundation Coach and Development Coach) an award for small crags (Single Pitch Award) and one each for summer and winter multi-pitch climbing (Mountaineering Instuctor Award and Mountaineering Instuctor Certificate).
Mountain Training periodically review all of their schemes and the current Climbing Awards Review is now at an important phase.
You are invited to take part with Mountain Training keen to hear the views from individuals and organisations. Anyone with an interest in climbing and the systems for supporting instructors, coaches, supervisors and leaders are strongly encouraged to help Mountain Training ensure its training schemes are fit for purpose.
You will be asked to complete a short, 4-part questionnaire which should take approximately 15 minutes either as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. The focus of these questions will be to collect basic profile information, understand your practice as a climbing instructor or organisation and your development.
The survey has the following aims:
• To gain feedback on the content and scope of current awards.
• To identify the pathway of development for climbing instructors.
• To gain greater understanding on the use of the current awards.
• To identify the challenges faced by climbing instructors within our training schemes.
• To make recommendations to Mountain Training in relation to the development and refinement of climbing awards in the UK.
The surveys will close on 11th April.
Please share this information with as many people as possible. More information available at Mountain Training.
How to give feedback
Complete the individual survey and / or the organisation survey
Courses for indoor climbers making their first moves onto rock
Who are they for?
These courses are ideal for novice climbing club members, students, parents and individuals who may have had the odd taster of climbing outdoors and wish to gain key safety skills at an excellent price. They may also be a good precursor for people contemplating the Single Pitch Award training. You should already know how to put on a harness and belay. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.
What do the courses cover?
A variety of topics will be covered during the day as well as offering a fun taster to outdoor climbing. Topics may include:
Types of trad climbing equipment
Placing good protection
Building good belays