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Rock climbing course Yorkshire

By 27th July 2020August 12th, 2022Rock Climbing, Summer


An outdoor rock climbing course in Yorkshire is the ideal way to get into climbing either traditional or sports rock climbs safely. Yorkshire is an ideal part of the country, because of the variety of rock climbing venues around. For example, you can experience traditional rock climbing at places like Almscliff and Ilkley. Or you can learn the skills associated with sports climbing on the steep limestone cliffs of the Yorkshire Dales.

Booking and Prices

If you’d like to know more about our rock climbing courses in Yorkshire, then see our main page for more details and prices or see what our clients say about us.

When you are ready, then get in touch to make an enquiry or a booking.

We also run rock climbing courses in the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia.

Beginners’ Rock Climbing Courses

Rock climbing is not the black art that some people might think it is. Nor is it all down to thuggish upper body strength. It’s all about efficient, normal movement. We spend some time considering normal every-day movements that we all make. Then we see how to turn these into upwards motion – or climbing.

A climber prepares to make a difficult move on a rock climbing course in Yorkshire

Beginners’ climbing course

Our courses cover everything that you might expect and plenty more besides. We talk about our legal rights of access and responsibilities, which is important both now and for the future of climbing. We look at guidebooks and how to use them so that you can identify your climb and get back down safely afterwards. Furthermore, we look at discuss a variety of climbing equipment and discuss the pros and cons, the costs and where to buy it from. Importantly, we also suggest where not to buy it from to keep you safe.

Almost all rock climbing involves the use of ropes for our own safety. On this course we will cover the essential knots that you need to know.  Surprisingly enough, there are only a couple. You don’t need to be an expert boy scout/girl guide. More importantly, we teach you the contexts in which to use these knots as well as passing on numerous tips.

Learn to Lead Trad Rock Climbing Courses

Learning to lead trad rock climbs is absorbing and rewarding, but there are risks. Therefore it’s vital to learn how to minimise those risks and make your climbing as safe as possible. Our rock climbing courses will give you the knowledge and skills that you need to do this, as well as discussing getting the right equipment.

A rock climber placing wires as protection on Eastby Buttress during a trad lead climbing course in Yorkshire

Learn to Lead Trad Course

Before even setting off climbing, there are numerous things to consider if you are new to trad climbing. Can I use the same harness as I use indoor? If not, why not? Can I use the same belay device as I use indoor? What gear should I take on my climb? Do I take wires or cams, or both? Where should I keep them? How many quick draws do I need? What lengths should I take? Where should I carry them? What else do I need to take?

Having finished the climb, you need to build a belay at the top before bringing up your partner. This is not something that you have to know in sports or indoor climbing. However, it’s vital in ‘trad’ climbing. This skill involves assessing potential anchors, placing gear, tying yourself to the anchor appropriately, belaying your partner from above and managing the rope effectively.

Sports Climbing Courses

A rock climber climbing limestone sports routes in Yorkshire during a sports climbing course

Sports climbing course

The Yorkshire Dales are blessed with a variety of top-class sports climbing venues as well as traditional climbing crags. We offer sports climbing learn to lead courses in Yorkshire as well as ‘conversion’ courses for competent indoor leaders who want to lead outdoors for the first time. Two of the main topics that we address on a sports rock climbing course are threading the top anchor to descend safely and how to use a clipstick.