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Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Courses


We offer a range of rock climbing courses, including multi-pitch rock climbing courses in the Lake District and Eryri (Snowdonia).


In general, we do not schedule these in advance, as we like to make each one bespoke. This is how we adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience. However, we do have a limited number of  ‘open’ courses which are available to book on. These are shown in our events calendar.


What is it that draws you to rock-climbing? If it is 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. 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.

Multi-pitch climbing has extra risks and complications, however. Therefore, it pays to get off to a good head start by learning what is involved properly and not leaving it to chance.

Instructor:client ratio

The ratio on these courses is 1:2 (instructor:client) maximum.

Other courses:

If a multi-pitch rock climbing course is not right for you, then have a look at some of the other courses and guiding that we offer:

…or see what our clients say about us.

Gimmer Crag, in Great Langdale, with lots of pairs of climbers enjoying a multi-pitch rock climbing course as can be done in the Lake District and Snowdonia

Course Details

Who is the course for?

You probably already have some climbing experience, indoors or outdoors, although this does not necessarily mean you climb very hard grades. As part of this, you can probably already tie in to your harness, belay a climber and know a few climbing knots. Almost certainly, you 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 Eryri (Snowdonia).

How long is the course?

Courses are a minimum of one day long, 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.
  • Discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What  does it cost?

“Open” courses are shown in the Calendar along with their prices. A typical 2-day weekend course costs £260 per person (based on a 1:2 ratio).

“Private” bookings for one day start at £235 for one person; and £260 for two people (i.e. £130 per person) etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.