Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Courses

We offer a range of rock climbing courses, including multi-pitch climbing courses in the Lake District and Snowdonia. We do not schedule these in advance on specific dates, as we prefer to make each one bespoke for you and adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience.

If rock-climbing means more to you than purely technical movement and you are drawn by the sense of adventure, drama, and simply enjoying some wild and remote places, then you will probably be itching to climb multi-pitch routes. The vast majority of rock climbs extend further than one length or rope, and in the UK many of the best climbing areas are high up on mountain crags or on enormous sea cliffs where the skills of multi-pitch climbing are essential. There are extra risks and complications with multi-pitch climbing, however, and it pays to get off to a good head start by learning what is involved properly and not leaving it to chance. (Ratio 1:2 max)

Course Details

Who is the course for?

You are probably already have some climbing experience, indoors or outdoors, although this does not necessarily mean you climb very hard grades. You can probably already tie in to your harness, belay a climber and know a few climbing knots. You probably enjoy walking and being outdoors and don’t mind getting caught in bad weather.

Where is it held?

Our multi-pitch rock climbing courses are generally held in the Lake District or Snowdonia.

How long is the course?

Courses are a minimum of one day in duration, but are often booked as a two-day weekend. We can also run the course for longer periods, perhaps separated by a few days to give time for you to reflect and practice, or in one intensive burst, such as a 5-day week long course.

What does the course cover?

Depending on the duration of the course, we aim to cover:

  • Planning a day’s multi-pitch climbing
  • Using guidebooks, and planning your descent
  • Climbing technique – body position, balance, footwork and handwork
  • Essential equipment and knots
  • Protecting the climb by placing nuts, hexes, cams and slings
  • Building anchors and managing belay stances
  • Descending via an abseil

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; approach shoes or walking boots; climbing shoes; and a rucksack of 30 litres or more. If you have your own harness and helmet then you will probably be more comfortable wearing your own.

We will provide: Harness, helmet, ropes and all technical climbing hardware.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What  does it cost?

Prices for one day start at £180 for one person; £200 for two people (i.e. £100 per person); etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.