New Sports Climbing Course: N Wales and Portland

Katie Forrester enjoying sports climbing at La Boheme, F7b, Lower Pen Trwyn, Llandudno. North Wales Limestone

In case you haven’t managed to download my new courses brochure, I will be highlighting a few of the new courses I am offering over the coming year on this blog over the next few days/weeks. The first is Sports Climbing Courses, which after the veritable explosion of easy to moderate bolted routes in North Wales seemed like a great course to offer. This Sports Climbing Course is aimed at indoor climbers who want to start climbing outside, but perhaps don’t want to get into trad climbing.

These courses will help you bridge the gap between indoor sports climbing and outdoor sports climbing, on a two or five day course. In North Wales we now have around 10 really good beginner sports climbing crags, which vary from Slate to Limestone and slabs to walls.

When thinking about this course based in Wales, I remember my first forays into climbing was on the cliffs of Swanage and Portland. As such I remembered that this is an ideal venue for this course, as it is not only closer to many of the bigger urban population centres where indoor sports climbing is a growing past-time, but the climbing and the weather are also stunning.

There are dates arranged for these course (see the brochure!), however if you are keen for a Beginners or Intermediate Sports Climbing Course in Portland or North Wales, then please get in contact if and we’ll are more than happy to see what we can arrange for you.

The course involves using a guidebook to find the crag and routes, safeguarding a climber to the first bolt by spotting or using a clip stick, belaying a leader, clipping safely and efficently and threading lower off. We will also introduce you to practicing a route for the redpoint ascent, and generally help you make the transisition from indoor to outdoors.

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