Outdoor sport climbing days for young people

Posted by James McHaffie on 05/12/2019
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. For more information about climbing outdoors read the parents guide by clicking the link below:

KEY INFORMATION

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

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.

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 but due to CV-19 the numbers will likely be reduced and will depend on government guidance at the time. 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 8:30-15:30.

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.

2020 Dates, Venues & Instructors

PORTLAND

25th September 
26th September 
27th September 

Martina Spisiakova: m_spisiakova@yahoo.co.uk

 

SOUTH WALES (GOWER, RHOSILLI NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK, 10.00AM)

Simon Rawlinsonclimbingmad@hotmail.com

 

BRISTOL

Simon Rawlinson: climbingmad@hotmail.com

 

NORTH WALES

1st August

10th August

23rd August

25th August

13th September

26th September

3rd October

24th October

If any of the dates dont 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

26th July

22nd August

13th September

Katherine Schirrmacher: katherine@lovetoclimb.co.uk

 

YORKSHIRE

Read more about Esther on her website here: estherfoster.co.uk

Drop Esther an line to discuss dates

Esther Foster: estherlfoster@gmail.com


As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.

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