Course length: 1 day

Minimum age: 10

Previous experience required: None


Course location: Single pitch (short) crags across the UK and Ireland


Course covers: Putting on a harness and tying in to a rope, belaying, abseiling and moving on rock as well as an introduction to climbing guidebooks, crag ethics and etiquette and managing risk


Ideal for: beginner climbers, those who have never climbed on rock and those with limited experience of climbing indoors.

  • A copy of the BMC's New Rock Climbers booklet
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Lifetime use of Mountain Training's digital logbook (DLOG)

Connect with others and learn to move on rock

A Rock Skills Introduction course is all about having a go and experiencing rock climbing for the first time. It can feel very unfamiliar, even for people who have climbed indoors, so our course providers (the people who deliver the courses) are experts at supporting people to move at their own pace. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get to know the other people on the course as you share new experiences at the crag.


Immerse yourself in the activity

Rock climbing is an activity that requires your full attention which is one of the reasons people love it so much. The focus can provide a welcome break from life’s other distractions and a Rock Skills Introduction is a great way to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of climbing on rock.


Learn essential skills

There are several essential skills involved in rock climbing safely and they will be the focus of every Rock Skills Introduction course. The harness, the rope, the belay device and karabiner allow climbers to keep themselves and others safe when used correctly which is why it’s so important to learn how the system works and how to check each other before leaving the ground.


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