Rock Out courses: learn outdoor climbing near you

Posted by James McHaffie on 01/03/2016
Climbing outdoors: where to start? Photo: Alex Messenger.

Want to start climbing outdoors? We’ve joined forces with climbing walls across the country to launch Rock Out: a new range of outdoor climbing skills courses to help you make the move outside.

Learning the skills to climb outside will open up a lifetime of adventure and fun, although making that first step can sometimes feel quite daunting. So, to help indoor climbers make the move to climbing outside, we are launching a new series of regional skills courses, available at an attractive price.

Rock Out courses will be run by climbing walls, subsidised through BMC Sport England funding.
 

What's for me: Rock Out or Ready to Rock?

The BMC currently runs two types of indoor-outdoor courses: Ready to Rock and Rock Out. 

The Ready to Rock courses look at the process of how to get started outdoors. By the end of the course you'll be a competent second with an understanding of anchor selection and belay techniques, and knowledge of what makes the outside world so different. 

The Rock Out courses are aimed at 14-25 year olds wanting to get a taste of outdoor climbing and learn a few key skills at the same time.
 

What do the Rock Out courses cover?

Depending on the climbing wall and area, both one-day and two-day courses will be available. There will be a £20 discount for one-day courses and a £50 discount for two-day courses. Although the syllabus will vary slightly from wall to wall, Rock Out will aim to cover:

  • Where to climb in your local area
  • Using a guidebook
  • Different rock types
  • Grades (and the subtleties of climbing on real rock)
  • Basic rope skills
  • Lots of climbing!

What do I need?

No experience outdoors is required, and all climbing equipment will be provided on the day. You just need to be able to tie in to a harness and to safely belay your partner.  If you have your own equipment (rock shoes, harness, helmet) then you are welcome to use them.  There will be a goody bag included with each course.

How to book

Book on by contacting one of the Participating walls and quoting: 'BMC Rock Out':

 

Manchester Climbing Centre - 0161 230 7006

Harrogate Climbing Centre - 01423 815022

Redpoint Climbing Centre, Birmingham - 0121 359 1777

The Foundry Climbing Centre, Sheffield - 0114 279 6333

The Climbing Works, Sheffield-01142509990

The Teeside University Climbing Centre- 01642384591

 

For any other queries regarding the Rock Out courses contact: james@thebmc.co.uk

Also, check out our Ready to Rock outdoor courses and our BMC subsidised courses at Plas y Brenin in North Wales. A full list of BMC courses and workshops is here
 

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