Outdoor trad climbing days for young people

Posted by James McHaffie on 23/03/2017
Stan & Cian enjoying trad climbing in North Wales. Climb: Mabinogion, Llanberis Pass

This is a one day outdoor trad 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. This type of climbing is what is predominantly practiced on British crags. For more information for parents about climbing read the Parents guide to climbing by clicking the link below:

Parents Guide

 

 

KEY INFORMATION

What is trad climbing?

Trad climbing involves placing removable pieces of climbing gear into the rock in order to protect the climber in case of a fall.  This type of climbing is what is predominantly practiced on British crags.  Find out more about trad climbing in our article ‘Getting started: Trad climbing’.

What do they cover? 

The courses are designed to give you a good taster to climbing outside and may cover topics such as:

 > Types of trad climbing equipment

 > Placing good protection

 > Building good belays

 > Guidebooks

 > Differences between the wall and the crag

 > Seconding and leading issues. 

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 E1 5b. 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 £50 which includes parental guidance should parents wish to be involved. There are a number of subsidised places available for families who are in rented accomodation and have a household income of less than £17 000. These can be applied for by emailing James McHaffie at the BMC: james@thebmc.co.uk. No chancers please.
 

Duration

Courses will start at 10.00am and finish around 17.00pm.
 

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 any trad equipment if you have it.

> 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.
 

Venues, Dates & Instructors

NORTH EAST (NORTHUMBERLAND)

29th July

16th September

Jon Chamberlain: info@atne.co.uk

LAKES

22nd August

Rob Pugh: rob@unlimitedtraining.co.uk

PEAK

12th August

Andi Turner: turnera700@aol.com

N.WALES

9th September

Calum Muskett: calum_muskett@hotmail.co.uk

S.WALES

6th August

Jon Roberts: info@beaconactivities.co.uk

S.WEST (DEVON/CORNWALL)

TBA

Chris Lucas: chris.j.lucas@gmail.com

SOUTH (DORSET- Swanage)

20th August

Jon Wilson: jon@bournemouthclimbing.co.uk

 


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