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Outdoor Climbing Skills UK

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    Is This Course For You?

    This course is for you if:

    • You’re new to climbing.
    • You’ve never climbed before and want to give it a try.
    • You’ve tried climbing before and now want to learn the skills to climb on your own or with a partner.
    • You’ve climbed indoors and are looking to transition to outdoor climbing on real rock.

    The Course

    During this course we will aim to give you all the skills you need to start climbing safely outdoors.  Topics will include:

    • Choosing an outdoor climbing venue and selecting suitable routes – Using guidebooks and understanding climbing grades.
    • Identifying hazards and staying safe.
    • How to warm up prior to climbing to prevent injury and improve performance.
    • Climbing movement skills – from how best to use your feet, body position and balance through to learning how best to use different types of hand holds and much more.
    • Choosing and using appropriate equipment and PPE – from when to wear a climbing helmet through to placing and removing protection.
    • How to tie-in, belay and manage the rope to keep you and your partner safe.
    • As well as learning all the key skills the course will be packed full of climbing so that you can get well on your way to becoming a competent outdoor climber.
    • All our courses are tailor made to your needs, so it doesn’t matter if you are completely new to climbing or already have some knowledge, you’ll definitely learn plenty and grow in confidence and ability.

    All our courses are tailor made to your needs, so we don’t have a set itinerary.

    The main areas we work in are the Peak District, North Yorkshire and the Dales and the Lake District but we are happy to travel further afield to work with you to help you achieve your aims.

    Venues will be selected in discussion with you so that you can get the most out of your time with us.

    All our courses are tailor made to your needs, so it doesn’t matter if you are completely new to climbing or already have some knowledge, you’ll learn plenty and grow in confidence and ability.

    Choose from a single day up to a full week depending on how much time you have available. 

    £250 per day – maximum of 2 people. 

    We can run this course at any time of year on dates to suit you.

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    Included in the price of this trip

    • Use of technical equipment such as ropes tc
    • Professional instruction and coaching by a fully qualified AMI member

    Not included

    • Overnight accommodation (unless specifically arranged for your booking)
    • Personal clothing and equipment - see our kit list
    • Lunch, food, or snacks.
    • Drinks
    • Travel to and from the course venue

    Essential Clothing & Equipment

    • Climbing Harness - Lightweight

      A lightweight alpine type climbing harness will work best. Ensure it is large enough to go on over all your clothing.

    • Climbing Harness - Standard

      These are available to hire for a small fee – please enquire.

    • Climbing Helmet

      You only have one head - best to look after it. Make sure you can wear a beanie/woolly hat under your climbing helmet

    • Climbing Shoes

      These are not essential and you could wear trainers, however, a pair of well fitting climbing shoes will improve your performance and allow you to get the most out of your course.

    • Clothing

      Climbing venues can often be exposed and windy so please make sure you bring sufficient layers to keep warm. Clothing worn for climbing should not restrict your movement. We suggest a long-sleeved base layer with a t-shirt and fleece layer as a minimum. Something quick drying for the legs - not jeans or heavy tracksuit bottoms.

    • Footwear

      Please make sure you have suitable footwear for walking into any climbing venues. For venues close to the road, a pair of trainers, trekking or approach shoes will normally suffice. If the venue is further afield or a mountain crag then a lightweight pair of walking boots or a good approach shoe will be better – please ask in advance if you are not sure.

    • Gloves

      A lightweight windproof pair of gloves for wearing on a daily basis as required.

    • Personal First Aid Kit

      This should include suncream, lip balm, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers and any prescription medicines, insect repellant etc.

    • Sunglasses

      For general eye protection, wearing whilst trekking or on glaciers if applicable to your trip – for wearing on glaciers sunglasses need to be Category 4 and be close fitting or have side protection.

    • Warm Layer

      This can be a fleece jumper, fleece jacket or lightweight duvet/insulated jacket.

    • Waterproof Jacket

      Hard shell jacket ideally this will be waterproof and breathable (GoreTex or equivalent) and it will have a hood.

    • Waterproof Trousers

      Ideally they should be windproof and breathable (Gore Tex or equivalent) and with full or ¾ length side zips.

    • Woolly hat

      To keep your head warm - Ideally a hat that will cover your ears too and fit under a climbing helmet.

    Optional Clothing & Equipment

    • Camera

      Make sure you have spare batteries or the means to re-charge.

    • Mobile Phone

      You may want to use you phone as a camera. On our overseas trips signal is often limited or non-existent so making calls or sending texts may not be possible - see FAQs for trip specific info.

    • Small Stainless Steel Flask

      Useful for hot drinks during the day/night


    • Booking Confirmation

      This will be sent to you aproximately 10 days before departure

    Carbon Footprint

    We are yet to determine the average CO2 emissions per person for our Outdoor Climbing courses.

    What are we doing about it

    Trekking and mountaineering trips such as this are low carbon in comparison to other forms of travel and activities. That said though, we are working hard to understand exactly what the carbon emissions are for all our products. By the end of 2024 we hope to have measured everything we do and have a good understanding of all the individual carbon footprints. This will then act as a starting point for us to take action to reduce our emissions to as low as reasonably practicable and drive towards net zero.


    No, unfortunately we don’t currently provide equipment for hire but can recommend Expedition Kit Hire.

    A deposit of 25% of the total cost of the trip/course is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before the departure date. If the booking takes place less than 8 weeks before departure, then the full amount is due at the time of booking. If you would like to discuss payment options, then please get in touch.

    A comprehensive list of clothing and equipment required for your trip can be found by visiting the ‘Kit List” tab on the relevant experience.

    Please refer to our Booking Conditions which can be found here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a member of the team.

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    Bespoke experiences

    Can’t see what you are looking for? All our trips can be customised to meet your needs so, if you need bespoke dates, want to add extra days, or modify the itinerary then please just let us know – we will be happy to help.