Outdoor trad climbing days for young people

Posted by James McHaffie on 05/12/2019
Climbing on a youth meet in North Wales.
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This is a one day outdoor trad climbing course for 11-17 year olds who are confidently leading on indoor climbing walls. As well as being a fun day out climbing the course will cover key safety skills for both the participant and the parent. This type of climbing is what is predominantly practiced on British crags. For more information for parents about climbing read the Parents guide to climbing by clicking the link below:

KEY INFORMATION

READ: The Parent's Guide to Climbing, Walking, and Mountaineering

What is trad climbing?

Trad climbing involves placing removable pieces of climbing gear into the rock in order to protect the climber in case of a fall.  This type of climbing is what is predominantly practiced on British crags.  Find out more about trad climbing in our article ‘Getting started: Trad climbing’.

What do they cover? 

The courses are designed to give you a good taster to climbing outside and may cover topics such as:

  • Types of trad climbing equipment
  • Placing good protection
  •  Building good belays
  • Guidebooks
  • Differences between the wall and the crag
  • Seconding and leading issues

Please note that the course content will be adapted to match the ability of the paticipants on each course, with instructors teaching techniques appropriate to the age and experience of attending young people.

Who will be instructing?

The instructors for these courses will hold an MIA or MIC, be AMI members and have climbed at least E1 5b. The name of the instructor is given next to the venue they will be delivering the course.

Cost

A place on one of these courses costs £80 which includes parental guidance should parents wish to be involved. We normally have a maximum of 4 places on these days but due to CV-19 the numbers will likely be reduced and will depend on government guidance at the timeIt is also possible to have the instructor to yourself for the day, you can contact the instructor via the email links below to discuss this option. There are a number of free places available for families who are in rented accomodation and be recieving income support. These can be applied for by emailing James McHaffie at the BMC: james@thebmc.co.uk.

Duration

Courses will start at 10.00 and finish around 16.30.

Parental Supervision

Participants are required to remain under the supervision of a parent or guardian over the age of 18. The supervisor must be willing and able to approach the crag with the group which may involve uneven and steep ground.

What do you need to bring?

  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay Device
  • Rope and any trad equipment if you have it.
  • Lunch and warm clothing
  • Suncream!

Booking

Click on the link below in the appropriate dates and venues section. This will allow you to email the specific instructor running the course who will deal with your booking.

Venues, Dates & Instructors

NORTH EAST (NORTHUMBERLAND)

5th October (Scugdale)

18th October (Bowden Doors)

Jon Chamberlain: info@atne.co.uk

LAKES

17th September

Rob Pugh: rob@unlimitedtraining.co.uk

PEAK

11th July

Andi Turner: turnera700@aol.com

 

PEAK

9th August

Katherine Schirrmacher: katherine@lovetoclimb.co.uk

N.WALES

Email Andy to discuss dates and check out Andys website: https://www.molehillsclimbing.co.uk/

Or connect with Mole Hills on Facebook or Instagram.

Andy Moles: a.t.g.moles@gmail.com

S.WALES

1st August

16th August

Jon Roberts: jrob8@hotmail.com

 

CORNWALL

25th July

14th August

22nd August

6th September

10th October

Chris Lucas: chris.j.lucas@gmail.com

SOUTH (DORSET: Swanage)

TBC

Jon Wilson: jon@bournemouthclimbing.co.uk

 


We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.

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