The Youth Ready to Rock Sport climbing course is designed to help young climbers (11-17 year olds) make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out, as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment, for both the participant and the parent/carer.
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
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.
Parent/Carers want to know more?
READ: The Parent's Guide to Climbing, Walking, and Mountaineering
Who is it for?
The Youth Ready to Rock Sport climbing course is ideal for young climbers, between 11 and 17 years old, who are confident in leading routes on indoor climbing walls. Young climbers who may have had the odd taster of climbing outdoors and who wish to gain further knowledge and skills. You should already know how to put on a harness, tie in to a rope, and belay. This is a good precursor for anyone contemplating further training; such as a Rock Skills course.
This course is aimed at Young People involved in Sport Climbing. More Ready To Rock courses, catering for more people, can be found below:
Youth Ready to Rock Trad Climbing Course
Women's Ready to Rock Course
Ready to Rock Course
Who will be instructing?
Course instructors are highligh experienced and qualified climbers and are members of the AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors). The name and contact details of the instructor dfelivering the course can be found in the information below.
Courses cost £75 per person, with a discounted rate of £67.50 per person for BMC Members. We are currently running courses with a maximum of 5 young people per course.
The BMC have funding available for young people experencing difficulties in accessing this course, provided by the Lee Bower Fund, please contact Alex West for more information and details to access funding.
Lee was introduced to climbing in the Peak District by a school teacher, Tony Boreham. It was a real revelation for him and became a lifelong passion. Unfortuantely, his plans for a long and happy retirement on the crags were cut short by cancer on 12th February, aged 59.
He said he wanted any donation to help some youngsters, who would not otherwise be able to afford it, to taste the adventure of outdoor climbing.
So please use this money, raised from his family, friends and organised climbing mates, to help as many young people as possible gain a grounding in the skills, safety techniques and appreciation of sport climbing.
The course will run from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
Participants are required to remain under the supervision of a parent/carer 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?
Rope and quickdraws (if you have them)
Lunch and warm clothing
Please email the instructor directly to book your place, contact details can be found below; be sure to mention the date and the venue! If you require one-to-one or additional support please mention this when booking.
Venues, Dates, and Instructors
Sunday 17th September 2023
Contact Matt Woodfield:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 26th July 2023
Wednesday 23rd August 2023
Contact Jamie Evans:
Email - email@example.com
Website - https://jamieevansclimbing.com/
Saturday 9th September 2023
Saturday 14th October 2023
Contact Martina Spisiakova:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
North Wales (Conwy Area)
Wednesday 9th August 2023
Sunday 24th September 2023
Contact Simon Verspeak:
Email - email@example.com
Website - www.orange-mountaineering.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.
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.
From just £1.65 a month it's never been easier to join and support our work: