activities> peak district climbing courses > Beginner Outdoor Bouldering Course
£85.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 1 day

Ratio: 1:6

What you get:

  • Expert tuition
  • All technical equipment
  • Complimentary use of our bouldering wall after the course
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop
Beginner Outdoor Bouldering Course
Take all the best bits of a rock climb and condense them down into a single boulder and you have the purest form of the sport. This is the closest thing to vertical dancing!
Highlights
  • Develop your climbing technique on real rock 
  • Become a confident, independent boulderer 
  • Experience some of the best bouldering venues in the UK
Course Overview

Bouldering is the art and science of climbing boulders. By restricting the height of the climbs, the need for ropes and other rock climbing kit is removed. A pair of shoes, a bag of chalk and a bouldering mat to cushion your landing are all that are required to enjoy the experience of moving over real rock. This one day course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn the essential skills of bouldering outdoors in a safe and enjoyable way.

The Peak District has a wealth of bouldering options available, with problems suitable for beginners through to elite climbers, allowing our experienced instructors to choose the appropriate level of challenge for you. Climbers of all standards regularly use bouldering as one of the most effective ways to improve their strength and overall technique and this course is an excellent option for developing climbing technique as a progression from our Beginner Climbing Course.

Course Outcomes
  • Safety techniques - mat placement and spotting 
  • Bouldering techniques - moving effectively and efficiently 
  • Experience of several bouldering venues 
  • Using guidebooks and understanding grading systems 
  • Understanding of ethics and etiquette
Course Information

YOUR BEGINNER OUTDOOR BOULDERING COURSE

9:30 - 16:30


Get ready to have a great introduction day to bouldering at a glorious gritstone venue.

ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB
Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and you own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.

COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You will be sized up for rock climbing shoes if you require them. All you need do is check you have food, a drink and that your clothing is suitable for the conditions.

TRAVEL TO CLIMB LOCATION
The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Typically this is a 15-20 minute drive from the Adventure Hub. A short walk will then follow which is a great chance to discuss guide books, the bouldering environment and begin your warm up.

PRACTICAL CLIMBING SESSION
Your instructor will demonstrate and explain the basics of safe bouldering and respecting the bouldering area and fellow climbers. The art of good footwork will underpin much of the day but you will also be shown and coached on different key climbing techniques as you solve progressively trickier problems throughout the day.

BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once we are off the hill we will return to the Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for your blossoming bouldering career.

  • We provide all technical equipment including bouldering mats and rock shoes
  • Clothing suited to the weather (waterproofs, warm tops, etc )
  • Good comfortable footwear for walking to the crag
  • A good supply of snacks and a drink
  • Sun cream, hat and sunglasses (you just never know!)

Participants must have a basic level of climbing experience indoors or outside.

FAQs
Start time: 09:30 - Finish time:16:30. Please note, these times areapproximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when bookingpublic transport.
We have arranged a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow & Rock, Runners Need and Cycle Surgery to our customers. This information can only be found on the booking confirmation that you received from us.
This course is a non-residential course, so we do not provide any accommodation. However there are many amazing places to stay locally. Take a look at our accommodation guide in the info section for more information.
As much as many of our instructors are dog lovers, this often isn't suitable if you are booking onto a scheduled course, as we can't guarantee that other members of the group don't have an allergy or problem with dogs. If you do want to bring a pet, we will happily accommodate you if you book a private instructor for you or your group.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.

Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:


a) Attend a scheduled course. 

These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.


b) Add a date to our schedule. 

On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.


c) Make a private booking.

All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 


d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.

All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses, either with or without an accompanying adult.
We do hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family.
There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.
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Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.