ROCK CLIMBING – PEAK DISTRICT

ROCK CLIMBING COURSE – PEAK DISTRICT

For a rock climbing course, THE PEAK DISTRICT takes some beating, with an exceptional variety of world-class crags, and hundreds of classic climbs. Though many routes are single pitch, gritstone crags such as The Roaches, and many of the bigger limestone crags also offer some multi pitch climbing. Centrally located, it is easy to get to from most parts of the country. The quality of the Peak District gritstone is well known (you’ll love the friction!) and the variety of climbs and situations in such a compact area is quite surprising.

Our courses are based around the Western Gritstone edges – using crags such as the Roaches and Windgather, though longer courses will also use other parts of the Peak District. The locations we use complement each other, providing a wide range of climbing styles and lots of different belaying and anchoring scenarios.

DATES AND PRICES:

Introduction to Rock Climbing – suitable for beginners or those with a little experience, groups welcome

Weekend Courses – Available every weekend throughout the year from £90 per person per day (1:4)

Intermediate Course – Ideal for learning to lead or multi pitch climbing,

Weekend Courses – every weekend from £180 per person per day  1:2 Ratio
3/4/5 Day Courses by arrangement.

Prices include instruction, use of specialist gear, ropes etc, local transport if required.

To book a course, you can use the on-line booking form, telephone 01539 437691  or email Joe harrop at info@mountainguides.co.uk

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation is widely available in the Leek and Buxton areas – Paddock Farm is highly recommended and within a stone’s throw of the crags

http://www.roachestearooms.co.uk/ It also has both B&B and Self Catering accommodation available. Buxton is a major conference centre and has plentiful accommodation.

COURSE MEETING ARRANGEMENTS:

Peak District rock climbing courses meet at pre-arranged venues, and you will be informed of the meeting location when you make your booking. The exact location used each day of the course will depend on weather and rock conditions.

GENERAL:

Our popular and good-value climbing courses will equip you with the right mix of skills and judgement for whatever type or standard of climb you wish to tackle. Take advantage of unique skills training from world-class climbers such as Dave Birkett and from instructors such as John White, Richard Bailey and Dave Bishop, who can mix high levels of instructional ability with huge amounts of personal climbing experience. You’ll find us friendly, enthusiastic and safe. All instructors carry liability insurance and are qualified to a minimum of the MLTB single pitch award. Most are MIA/MIC holders. What sets our instructors apart is the huge amount of personal experience and knowledge they each have at their disposal. Highpoint hold an AALA license for the provision of Rock Climbing.

In order to climb as safely as possible and to maximise your potential, good basic techniques are essential. We can help you to improve your personal climbing ability, and equally importantly, give you the ropework, belaying and anchoring skills, which help make climbing a safer sport. We can also show you how to use guidebooks and interpret the grading system, how to choose which crags to climb on and select routes to suit your ability. Our courses are suitable for beginners and improvers – with 1:1 and 1:2 ratio courses available for those with more experience or specific goals. In particular, we take great delight in introducing beginners to the sport, and in showing those with some experience how to develop their lead climbing skills. If you’re hot on the local wall, but don’t know a ‘thread’ from a ‘needle’, you’ll also find our courses ideal!

MAIN TOPICS COVERED: (VARIES ACCORDING TO COURSE TYPE AND COURSE MEMBERS)

Equipment Review and Selection:.
Ropes and Harnesses:
Belaying:
Anchors:
Leading Skills:
Climbing Techniques:
Bouldering
Abseiling:
Using Guidebooks and Route Selection:
Access and Conservation Issues:

EQUIPMENT:

All specialist equipment is provided and included in the course fee, however, you are encouraged to use any gear you have of your own. You’ll need helmet, harness, rock boots, belay plate with screwgate carabiner, plus any leading rack/slings etc you have .We prefer you the have your own rock boots as the fit is very precise. Please note if you are a beginner purchasing rock boots for the first time, be careful not to get too tight a fit. Otherwise, please let us know if you have any of your own equipment. Apart from climbing gear, you will need footwear suitable for crag approaches – trainers or boots – and loose fitting clothing, preferably not cotton as if it gets wet it absorbs much water. Also, some wind/waterproofs are advisable. Please also bring a packed lunch, rucksack and any personal gear you need.

PRIVATE GUIDING:

Rock Climbing guides and instructors are available in any part of the country or abroad, for individuals or groups. You can use a guide to climb specific routes, or as a way of undertaking a course/instruction for an individual or small group – see Private Guiding page on main menu.

BAD WEATHER,CANCELLATION AND INSURANCE

Highpoint have been operating since 1988 and are fully insured, hold an AALA license and are members of the British Mountaineering Council and Institute for Outdoor Learning.