Rock Skills Intermediate

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at people with some experience of climbing who want to improve their movement skills, develop their ropework skills and learn about traditional protection.

Minimum age: 13.

Contact time: minimum 16 hours.

Climbing experience required:
Completion of a Rock Skills Introduction course
Have logged 10 routes on walls or outdoor crags; and
Have logged 10 belays of a fellow climber.

Seconding a trad climb

What does the Rock Skills Intermediate course cover?

Background and Planning. Choosing a suitable venue, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette and the work of the mountaineering councils.
Climbing Skills. Warming up and injury avoidance, developing your movement skills and widening your repertoire of climbing moves.
Footwear and Equipment. Rock boot fit, selecting the right equipment for improved performance and an introduction to climbing protection.
Technical Skills. Building anchors, selecting runners, ropework, belaying, holding falls, lowering, seconding a route and personal abseiling.
Environmental Knowledge. The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations.
Hazards and Emergency Procedures. Identifying hazards, managing risk when climbing, abseiling and bouldering, understanding common injuries, how to get help and the role of Mountain Rescue.


By the end of the course you can expect to:

  • Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment and classroom-style setting;
  • Have climbed outside for a good proportion of each day on an accessible crag; and
  • Be in a strong position to second a lead climber on natural rock and participate safely in a climbing session.

What next?

Progression from this course could involve gaining further climbing experience with friends or through a climbing club.

Learn to Lead Sport or Learn to Lead Trad courses are the next step in the Rock Skills pathway.