activities > peak district climbing courses > Improvers Rock Climbing Course
£189.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:4

Prices include:

  • All technical equipment and instruction.
  • Complimentary use of our bouldering wall after the course.
  • Complimentary refreshments.
  • Free parking.
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop

Highlights
  • Take the first steps towards becoming a self-sufficient climber
  • Become a confident ‘second’ in trad climbing
  • Low instructor to participant ratio allows us to tailor the course to your needs.
Summary
This Improvers Climbing Course is designed as the progression from our Beginner Course but would suit anyone who has climbed indoors or tried outdoor climbing and wants to progress towards being self-sufficient. The highly accessible gritstone crags of the Peak District provide the perfect environment to learn the essential skills of rope work and using the technical equipment required for traditional and sport climbing. All of the training is practical and hands on so expect to do a lot of climbing over the two days.

During this course the focus is on seconding routes, placing and removing climbing equipment and creating top-rope anchor systems. By the end of the two days you will feel confident in your ability to partner a competent leader and independently use appropriate rope work to climb crags where you can easily access the top. If you are looking for a course which focuses on outdoor lead climbing or more advanced rope techniques then have a look at our lower ratio Learn to Lead courses.
Course Outcomes
  • Understand and practise the skills required to second a lead climber on a traditionally protected route.
  • Understand where and how to use climbing protection including nuts, cams, hexs and slings.
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of building a safe climbing anchor.
  • Use a guidebook to select an appropriate climb to suit your ability and ambitions.
  • Develop and refine effective and efficient climbing techniques.

Course Information
When you arrive at our base, The Adventure Hub, your instructor will briefly discuss your previous climbing experience along with what you would like to achieve over the two day course. After a quick check to ensure everyone has all the required equipment you will head out to the chosen climbing venue for the day. Most of the crags that we use are within a 15 minute drive of our base and we will make a decision about where to go based on the weather and the experience and ambitions of the group as a whole.

After arriving at the rock face we will generally begin with introducing the skills required to be a competent ‘second’, your instructor will select a suitable route and ‘lead’ climb it, placing all the necessary protection on their way up. Once your instructor has reached the top you will climb the route retrieving all the equipment as you go. This is an excellent way to learn how climbing gear works and begin to make judgements on what makes an effective piece of protection.

The afternoon session will focus on creating safe and effective climbing anchors. By applying the gear placement skills you began to look at in the morning, along with some additional rope work, you will learn everything you need to know to lower a rope to a climber and safely belay them to the top of the crag.

We end the first day back at The Adventure Hub with a cup of coffee and a quick debrief, this is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have and possibly have a quick recap using our indoor rigging facilities if you feel it will be helpful.

The second day is your opportunity to practise and refine everything that you have learned so far. In discussion with your instructor you will choose a variety of routes to climb and will use the appropriate gear to build an anchor at the top of the crag. This is where your instructor can help you gain valuable experience as each climb provides you with a different set of challenges. As the day progresses your instructor will take a step back, allowing you to make the vital decisions yourself. They will always be close at hand to ensure your safety and answer your questions but by the end of the day you should feel confident that you can independently choose a suitable route, build a strong anchor and safely belay a climber to the top of the crag.

A final debrief session will give you the chance to ask any remaining questions as well as pick your instructors brains on how to continue your climbing adventure. If you should have any energy left then you are welcome to use our on site bouldering wall directly after the course.
We can provide all equipment required including climbing shoes but if you already have any gear of your own then you are welcome to bring it along.
Participants should have some experience of rock climbing and should be able to belay confidently. This experience may have been gained inside or outside.
FAQs
Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
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.
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 our 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. 
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.
The course start and finish time can be found on the course information page, we always try to be back promptly for the finish time - however sometimes we can overrun depending on conditions and the group. If you have a train to catch, please ensure you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor during the course about your travel arrangements.
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.
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.
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!
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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.