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Rock Climbing with LOPC

Designed for climbers who have been part of a group or taken part in an introductory lesson, and now want to become more independant.

The main aims of this course are to learn how to be a safe belayer, how to second routes competently and how to belay a lead climber.

You will develop your climbing movement skills and learn how to place protection and construct belays.

Climbing on real rock

Intermediate Rock Skills

What is covered during the course?

  • Background and Planning. Choosing a suitable venue, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette and the work of the mountaineering councils.
  • Climbing Skills. Warming up and injury avoidance, developing your movement skills and widening your repertoire of climbing moves.
  • Footwear and Equipment. Rock boot fit, selecting the right equipment for improved performance and an introduction to climbing protection.
  • Technical Skills. Building anchors, selecting runners, ropework, belaying, holding falls, lowering, seconding a route and personal abseiling.
  • Environmental Knowledge. The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations.
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures. Identifying hazards, managing risk when climbing, abseiling and bouldering, understanding common injuries, how to get help and the role of Mountain Rescue.

Dates are still being arranged, please contact us and tell us you are interested in attending this course.

Minimum age


Maximum group size


Instructor ratio


Previous experience

Completion of a Rock Skills introduction course


Completed 10 climbs and belayed a fellow climber 10 times.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you can expect to:

  • Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment and classroom-style setting.
  • Have climbed outside for a good proportion of each day on an accessible crag.
  • Be in a strong position to second a lead climber on natural rock and participate safely in a climbing session.

Progression from this course could involve gaining further climbing experience with friends or through a climbing club.

Learn to Lead Sport or Learn to Lead Trad courses are the next step in the Mountain Training Rock Skills pathway.

  • As a Mountain Training accredited skills course, all participants will receive a completion certificate.

Typical session structure

Two days climbing in the Peaks

What to wear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Own personal climbing equipment if you have it.
  • Good footwear with ankle support

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