Rock climbing in Britain is famous throughout the world, not only because of
the immense variety of rock types, but because of the strong ethic of
traditional climbing. That is not relying on “fixed”(in
situ) protection such as bolts, but using removable devices to anchor
the climber on to the rock face.These important skills and the effective
use of the rope for safety of the climbers are essential techniques,
which I can teach.
All my rock climbing courses can give valuable prepartion for those
wanting to climb in the Alps.
Peak District Area.
The peak district has a wealth of fantastic rock climbing venues to
choose from and some of the highlights from the area are the Roaches,
Hen Cloud and Ramshaw rocks. This is where the Peak District courses
will be run. The Roaches and Hen Cloud are magnificent gritstone cliffs
that dominate the surrounding countryside as they tower above the Cheshire
The crags offer a complete spectrum of climbing grades in juxtaposition.
This gives many classic lines of outstanding quality, which are excellent
climbs to teach rock climbing skills.
A short 15 minute walk gives easy access to these fine cliffs.
These courses are progressive and build on the techniques that you learn
on them; how far you take it is up to you…
Rock Climbing Introduction (Ratio up to 4:1, 2 days
This course is intended for the complete beginner or novice climber,
who would like to learn the skills of safe rock climbing. The aim is
to give you a simple, safe, effective and versatile system for rock
climbing, which should allow you to develop your own climbing at the
end of the course.
This is a very useful course to take before going on to the Alps as
it will give you a firm grasp of moving efficiently on technical ground
and also a solid foundation of skills for security on steep and exposed
Lead Rock Climbing and Advanced Rope work (Ratio
2:1, 2 days min recommended)
This course is intended for those with previous climbing experience
(including indoor wall) who want to move into lead climbing or for
lead climbers who want to broaden their repertoire of climbing techniques
and emergency procedures. The main aims are to teach the safe lead
climbing procedures and to learn to anticipate and solve problems.
You should leave the course feeling a lot more confident to tackle
rock climbs on the lead and be able to look after you partner a lot
Participants are taught to lead climb by choosing an appropriate route
well within the limits of the climber and you are closely supervised
by the guide who is attached to a rope (secured to the top of the
climb) next to the climber. This gives excellent communications between
the guide and student so that techniques and problems can be discussed
when they arise) and allows the guide to secure the student if they
do not feel comfortable at any time.
Family Rock (Ratio 4:1, 2 days min recommended)
This course is aimed at families who would like to have a fun time
rock climbing together whilst learning some valuable techniques. This
course is very much tailored to the needs of the family, whether it
will be a fun and dynamic climbing holiday or an intense fully instructional
course. In practice a balance can be achieved between these giving
all the family a worthwhile course and rewarding experience. This
is a great way to share time as a family.
These courses cover (as appropiate):
Basic rope work (knots and hitches)
Belaying techniques, how to hold falls and dealing with weight differentials
such as a child belaying an adult
Coaching of climbing techniques (balance and footwork (smearing and
edging), using handholds (jamming, crimping, palming, pressing) and
other valuable techniques (bridging chimneying, rock-overs, dynamic
moves, long reaches)
Efficient use of the climbing equipment
Organisation of the hardware on the harness
Use of natural protection (wires, friends, slings, hexcentrics and
Setting up of anchors to make a secure belay
Abseiling with prussic protection
Judgement in rock climbing (perhaps the biggest safety factor)
Where do we go from here? (How to develop your rock climbing after
The Handbook of Climbing by Allen Fyffe and Iain Peter
Complete Guide to Rope Techniques Nigel Sheperd
Rock Climbing Libby
On Peak Rock by the BMC
Peak Rock Information Document