Beginner rock climbing course
This is a very popular course, aimed at those
with little or no experience of climbing, the emphasis is on
safe enjoyment of the sport, with as much or as little technical
instruction as you want.
Most courses start at Symonds Yat Rock in the Wye Valley ( 75
mins. Birmingham, 150 mins. London ) - where there is a large
car park, toilet block, cafe and tourist information site. There
are nearby good quality campsites / restaurants / hotels /
This area is especially suitable for the beginner as there
is easy access to over 400 climbs - all within 2 to 10 mins. walking of the car park. It is a friendly venue set in
picturesque surroundings, sheltered by mixed woodland and warmed
by the afternoon sun.
A typical course starts at 09.00 hrs, meeting at the Cafe where
after an introduction, issue of equipment and safety briefing,
the cliffs can be accessed quickly - climbing movement, the
safety system, belaying, knots etc. can be studied whilst
participants take it in turns to climb. After lunch the cliffs
can be further explored, using the different climbs to extend
and develop the skills, with maybe an ascent of the well known Longstone Pinnacle ( a free standing pillar of rock, 130m above
the river ) to end the day.
For two day courses there maybe a return to Symonds Yat or a
visit to a similar venue nearby to further develop the
techniques acquired on the first day, with the addition of
abseiling, setting up belays etc. This course is usually run
at a ratio of 1:4 and is tailored to suit individual ability and
requirements, all technical equipment is
climbing course information
For one day courses and the first day of all
other rock climbing courses , Symonds Yat Rock
is the venue ( at the car park above the cliffs
overlooking Symond’s Yat East !! – not West .
For a map click
Cafe post code: GL16 7NZ
Campsites and other accommodation can be found
links, under accommodation.
The Forestry Commission Car Park at Symonds Yat
Rock is a large woodland car park and picnic
area just South of the main view point, at the
top of the cliffs, with a toilet block and cafe,
this is a good meeting place with easy access to
the rock faces ( 2 minutes walking ).
Most courses start at 09.00 hrs at the car park,
packed lunches are available from the cafe if
you need anything.
During this initial meeting we briefly discuss
what you are hoping to get from the day, your
past experience and your aspirations for after
the course - this will allow us to choose the
best itinerary to suit you - there are 400
climbing routes within 10 minutes walk to suit
the beginner and advanced climber.
After issuing any technical equipment and a
brief safety talk we will walk to the cliffs (
2 - 10 mins. ) Courses usually finish around
What you need:
You will need to wear suitable clothing for the
Warm / cool depending on conditions
Cotton clothing doesn't work too well if you get
wet / sweaty !
Lightweight walking boots are ideal for the
'walk - in' and for some of the climbing.
Waterproof jacket in unsettled weather (
although there is a lot of cover at Symonds Yat
Long sleeved tops and long trousers are
recommended even in warm weather.
Car park fee - currently £ 3.50 for the day if
you arrive by car.
Small rucsac / day sac
Packed lunch ( this gives us flexibility during
the day ) Any personal items - medication /
sunglasses / camera etc.
Although I have £ 5m Public Liability insurance
you may wish to insure yourself for personal
accident, cancellation and travel insurance etc.
as you think necessary ! Packages which include
insurance for rock climbing and other mountain
activities are available from:
What is supplied:
All technical climbing and safety equipment.
There are a selection of rock climbing boots
available. If you need anything else let me know
e.g. day sac etc.
( You are welcome to bring any of your own
personal climbing equipment – this aids
familiarity and creates discussion points about
the pro’s and con’s of different equipment ).
Tradclimbing+ by Adrian Berry and John Arran -
Rockfax.com - ISBN 978-1-873341-91-9
Rock Climbing by Alun Richardson - Acblack.com ISBN 978-0-7136-8690-6
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