BSO Resin to Rock - Ropes

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Clip your way from plastic to the crag, an introduction to route climbing outside

Suitability: Due to the technical requirements of this course the minimum age is 18 yrs.

You might love climbing inside but sooner or later you are going to want to know what all the fuss is about. Why do those grizzly types down the wall get all misty eyed about Right Unconquerable and Flying Buttress Direct and what is so hard about Three Pebble Slab? Welcome to outdoor cragging! We are going to show you some of the finest climbs in the world and you are going to love it, maybe not always when you are 5m up pulling on the smallest pebble you have ever seen using only you feet for friction, but when you get back to the plastic you’ll understand why it’s second best. There will be a lot to remember but you will gain a useful set of skills to help you get the most out of climbing outside. Book on with your climbing partner and share the experience.

BSO Resin to Rock - Ropes in pictures

What you will get out of the day

The aim of the course is to provide you with an introduction to the basics of climbing outdoors. We will cover crag ethics and etiquette, warm up and an introduction to gear and placing it so it sticks! In order to get the most out of the day we would expect you have basic level knowledge of indoor lead climbing. You should be able to put on a harness, tie a figure of eight and be eager to get out and try the real thing.

Remember this is just the start of big things in your climbing career, it will open up a world of travel, multi-pitch routes and scaling tall mountains in far away lands. Extend your skills after the weekend with a custom climbing course from Thornbridge Outdoors, seek further information from the British Mountaineering Council or come back next year and try The Building Blocks of Lead Climbing.

Recommended kit

Personal climbing equipment we would expect you to have would be; boots, chalkbag and a rucksack for carrying stuff to the crag. 
If you have you have some shiny new gear of your own and want to try it out then bring it along.

September can be chilly, so dress accordingly and remember you could spend a lot of time standing around.

A suitably sized rucksack of around 45 litres will mean you look the part and can help carry ropes and equipment, but not essential

Meeting times and logistics

​This course will take place offsite so meet at the SofA meeting point 10 minutes early to ensure a timely departure. If you are late your course will leave without you.

Meet your instructor at the SofA meeting point

Travel to the climbing venue (30 mins circa.) You will need your own transport but if possible we will share cars.

Short walk to the crag, 15-20 minutes.

Start climbing.

Pack up and return to Thornbridge

Elsewhere on Alpkit

A few goodies that might help you get the most out of this course.

Climbing Games book

Climbing Games
A book for every climber heading to the gym whether instructing or with a group of friends

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Provided By Thornbridge Outdoors
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Student / Instructor Ratio 6:1
Location Peak District Grit
Min age 0

General advice

  • The School of Adventure is run by the Alpkit Foundation and all courses are with qualified instructors.
  • To participate in School of Adventure activities you must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket.
  • Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket may be cancelled and refunded.
  • Course times indicate the time you will be leaving from your meeting point to returning to it.
  • Your instructor will require you to sign a participation form before your activity commences. Children under 18 must get their form signed by their accompanying parent or guardian.
  • For courses offsite you will have to provide your own transport.
  • Courses will start without you if you are late.
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