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Introduction to Rock Climbing Course

Outdoor rock climbing is the natural and progressive step after learning to climb indoors. The skills are similar but the environment and exhilaration of completing your first graded rock climb combine to make climbing outdoors so satisfying.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Our two-day beginners course is aimed at anybody new to climbing, either indoors or outdoors and would like to learn the fundamental elements of outdoor rock climbing in a structured and supportive atmosphere.

Our unique location, near to Kit Hill, Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor provides many suitable venues in which to explore your climbing talents. Our qualified and experienced instructors will be able to seek suitable and varied venues on each of the two days of the course, according to your needs and desires. Our Introduction to rock climbing course is suitable for complete beginners, right up those who have climbed indoors but would like to extend their learning onto real rock.

Introduction to Rock Climbing Course content:

  • Climbing equipment including; harness, helmet, rock shoes, ropes and belay devices
  • Climbing grades
  • Climbing movement skills on real rock
  • Tying rope into the harness
  • Belaying and lowering
  • Climbing guide books
  • Basic rope anchor systems
  • Abseiling

Course Schedule

Day 1 Meet at the Delaware Outdoor Education Centre for an initial brief and equipment check before  swiftly moving outdoors to climb at a local rock climbing venue. We will look at basic top-roping skills, movement on rock, belaying, associated risks and their management. 

Day 2 Meet at a pre-agreed outdoor rock climbing venue -or- meet at the Delaware OEC and be driven to the venue in one of our minibuses. We will consolidate and improve on the skills learnt on day 1 whilst extending your learning by examining simple and safe top-rope anchor systems and abseiling skills. 

Course Dates, Times and Cost

Dates: 29th & 30th August (Weds & Thurs) 2018

Times: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Cost: £95.00 per person

Introduction to rock climbing course

Climbing Instructor ratio

We see that operating with a small instructor to client ratio is the safest and quickest way to learn the essential skills required to remain safe on the hill. That is why we only work to a maximum of 1:6 Instructor:Client.

Equipment Required

We will provide any equipment that you require as part of the course. Please let us know your waist and shoe size when booking. Note: If you have your own climbing shoes, helmet, harness or belay plate then please bring them along for discussion and perhaps your own comfort. 

The weather cannot necessarily be predicted so please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers. As outdoor rock climbing venues are often remote we recommend a comfortable and sturdy footwear for walking to and from the climbing areas. Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Pre-requisite Fitness Levels

Providing that you feel fit enough to climb then you probably are. We would appreciate however that you confidentially inform your instructor of any injuries or pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate. This may help the instructor gauge your ability more effectively and to improve your overall enjoyment  of the course.

How to Book

You can book onto the Introduction to Rock Climbing Course by contacting the Delaware Outdoor Education Centre directly. We will send you a simple questionnaire and booking form by email or post. This will enable us to make the course as relevant as possible to your needs.

Contact

Paul Seymour
Delaware Outdoor Education Centre
Tel: 01822 833885
Email: paul.seymour@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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