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:
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
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.
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 may 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.
Lee Bower Funded 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.
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. Unfortunately, his plans for a long and happy retirement on the crags were cut short by cancer on 12 February, aged 59.
He said he wanted any donations to help some youngsters, who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it, to taste the adventure of outdoor climbing.
So please use this money, raised from his family and friends, and organised by his climbing mates, to help as many young people as possible gain a grounding in the skills, safety techniques and appreciation of trad climbing.
Courses will start at 10.00 and finish around 16.30.
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?
Rope and any trad equipment if you have it.
Lunch and warm clothing
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.
2021 Venues, Dates & Instructors
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