Rock Out climbing 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 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 climbing 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


We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support 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 do it without you.

Did you know that we've just launched a new U27 membership offer for just £1 / month? And with full membership from £1.66 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: 

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/join-the-bmc-for-1-month-U27-membership


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