Intro Rock Climbing Courses in the Lake District


Please check out the Essential Info for the Lake District page for info on dates, equipment, locations, accommodation, transport, and costs.

Is this the course for me?

Previous rock climbing experience is not needed for this course. Some mountain walking or indoor climbing experience is useful but not essential. 

What level of fitness do I need?

Fitness level 1: you exercise regularly through the week for short periods, and regularly do more, eg a half day walk in the hills at the weekend.

What does the course cover?

The course covers all the basics of rock climbing:

  • using a harness and helmet

  • movement skills

  • belaying

  • rope management

  • climbing calls

  • setting up top ropes

  • building anchors

  • tying into belays

  • taking out gear

  • abseils

What's the maximum ratio?

1:6 on single pitch crags, 1:3 on multi pitch crags.

Useful blog posts

7 Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
7 More Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
Do You Know The Ropes?
How To Be A Safer Climber With A Pre-Climb Checklist
7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable In 2018 (And How We Did In 2017)
Build your first climbing rack
How To Build Good Belays Part 1: Selecting Your Anchors
How To Build Good Belays Part 2: Tying In To Your Anchors
Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets
Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery
Who Needs A Mountain Mentor?

What do our clients say about us?

Thank you for a wonderful and enlightening experience. We both got so much to take away from it and really enjoyed the day throughout. We spent the evening recalling parts of the day and feeling a different kind of tiredness, very full. Leon was struck by your kindness and I think for him it was a truly positive and spiritual encounter.
Terry O,Connor, with 14-year-old son Leon, April 2014

We will definitely climb with Chris again in the future, he was just brilliant, very patient and challenged us on the rock.
Tariq Sheikh & Maya Sutedja, July 2016

My first research was via the web, having no recent climbing club contacts to use and the web site is excellent. Lots of info and the subsequent e mail conversations were prompt and informative. I was after an independent guide as it fits our small local business ethos. I didn't look further than Chris and Anne, and probably never will. Chris listened to what we hoped to achieve (lots of classic rock up to VS standard, to get a feel of outdoor rock rather than indoor climbing wall problems). Chris's huge knowledge and competency as a guide was more or less expected, but turning this into a fast, no faffing approach to cover a lot of climbing in just one day was appreciated. Also, treating Lucy (12) as the real client with all the background advice was excellent.
Mark & Lucy Sainsbury, July 2016