Learn to sport climb with our 2 day course. Sport climbing is a natural progression from climbing indoors, requiring only minimal equipment and a little bit of adjustment to not having coloured holds to mark out the route. This course is aimed at those who have climbed mainly indoors and are looking to progress to leading bolted sport routes safely and efficiently. Although similar to indoor climbing, there are a number of key differences that make sport climbing more challenging. Part of becoming an independent sport climber involves having to be on the sharp end of the rope, placing your own quickdraws and threading your lower-off once you make it to the top. This can be a daunting experience if you’ve only ever climbed indoors before. Under the tuition and guidance of one of our Mountaineering and climbing instructors, we guarantee you will leave with the knowledge required to keep you safe on a variety of sport crags.
This course will be delivered entirely by a qualified instructor. Typically, we will hope to show you both a limestone and slate sport climbing venue (weather conditions prevailing) and a typical course will cover:
- Venue choice and access
- Using guide book
- Selection and use of equipment
- Safely threading a lower-off
- Redpointing tactics
- Problem solving
We will begin the day at 9am in a cafe to look at options as the weather will dictate where we end up. We should be finished for 4:30pm for a debrief. You don’t need any of your own equipment as it can be provided but you are welcome to bring your own to use. Ratios are 1 instructor to 2 climbers to ensure maximum learning in a realistic setting.