Outdoor sport climbing days for young people

Posted by James McHaffie on 05/02/2021
Anya Forino on BMC sport course in South Wales. Picture: Simon Rawlinson

This is a one day outdoor sport climbing course for 11-17 year olds who are confidently leading on indoor climbing walls. As well as being a fun day out climbing the course will cover key safety skills for both the participant and the parent.

We are constantly monitoring the government Covid-19 guidelines and will inform you if there are any changes needed to be made to the course to remain Covid-19 compliant. If we have to cancel the course due to Covid, we will issue a full refund.

What do the courses cover? 

The courses are designed to teach you everything that you need to know to safely climb bolted routes outside, including:

  • Lowering off different sport routes
  • Re-threading belays
  • Retreating from routes
  • Pre-clipping to safeguard starting moves
  • Differences between the wall and the crag

Please note that the course content will be adapted to match the ability of the paticipants on each course, with instructors teaching techniques appropriate to the age and experience of attending young people.

READ: The Parent's Guide to Climbing, Walking, and Mountaineering

SEE ALSO: Outdoor Trad Courses for 11-17 year olds

Who will be instructing?

The instructors for these courses will hold an MIA or MIC, be AMI members and have climbed at least French 7a. The name of the instructor is given next to the venue they will be delivering the course.

Cost

A place on one of these courses costs £80 which includes parental guidance should parents wish to be involved. We normally have a maximum of 4 places on these days. It is also possible to have the instructor to yourself for the day, you can contact the instructor via the email links below to discuss this option.There are a small number of free places available for families who are in rented accomodation and are recieving income support. These can be applied for by emailing James McHaffie at the BMC: james@thebmc.co.uk.

Duration

Courses will start at 10:00-16:30.

Parental Supervision

Participants are required to remain under the supervision of a parent or guardian over the age of 18. The supervisor must be willing and able to approach the crag with the group which may involve uneven and steep ground.

What do you need to bring?

  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay Device
  • Rope and quickdraws if you have them
  • Lunch and warm clothing
  • Suncream!

Booking

Click on the link below in the appropriate dates and venues section. This will allow you to email the specific instructor running the course who will deal with your booking.

2022 Dates, Venues and Instructors

PORTLAND


4 April
5 April
1 August
2 August
1 October
8 October 

 

Martina Spisiakova: m_spisiakova@yahoo.co.uk

 

NORTH WALES

17th April
22nd May
1st June
19th June
3rd July
28th Aug

If any of the dates don't suit please get in touch with Danny as it is possible to arrange others.

For more information on Danny and his courses visit: dannywg.com

Danny Griffith: info@dannywg.com

 

PEAK DISTRICT

23rd July

Katherine Schirrmacher: katherine@lovetoclimb.co.uk

 

DEVON AND SOUTH WEST

7th May Cheddar
13th August Torbryan

Jay Jackson: jay@climbcornwall.com

 

SOUTH WALES

April 30th
June 2nd
Aug 5th
Oct 27th

Matthew Woodfield: climbwithmatt@gmail.com

 

BRISTOL

Monday 11th April
Tuesday 19th April

Saturday 9th July

Wednesday 27th July

Jamie Evans: jamieevansclimbing@googlemail.com


Youth Outdoor Climbing Courses

Whether you want to make the leap from indoor climbing into Sport or Trad climbing outdoors, we run many courses across the country and throughout the year that are specially for 11-17 year olds.

BOOK: Youth Trad Climbing Course

BOOK: Youth Sport Climbing Course

Subsidised Youth Course Places

There are a large number of free places on courses for families who may struggle to afford it. Any families who live in rented accommodation and who receive income support or universal credit may contact the instructor of a course or James McHaffie for a place.

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