Climbing course or mountaineering course? Trad climbing or sport climbing? It may be a bit tricky to choose what is best for you. Below you will find a quick guide to help you made a good decision.
Base level – indoor top-rope and bouldering.
Sport climbing is a form of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors (bolts or spits) fixed to the rock for protection against the fall. Sport multi-pitch climbing is the ascent of long climbing routes with one or more stops at the fixed belay station. This is the most common way people climb outdoor. Experience needed: This is basic/intermediate level course. Indoor top-rope climbing and bouldering experience desirable but complete beginners are also encouraged to book.
Traditional climbing or trad climbing is a style of rock climbing in which climbers place all gear required to protect against falls during a climb and remove it when a route is completed. Is often regarded as the best way of climbing as there is no fixed anchor gear and protection. Experience needed: This is a more advanced level course. Some experience of outdoor climbing, the ability to lead and belay on bolted climbing routes is very useful if not essential.
Level 3 – Mountain multi-pitch climbing course available for climbing private lesson and tuition.
Level 1&2 – Summer and winter walking
Winter mountaineering is the type of advanced trekking in which mountaineers climb or scramble easy grade mountain terrain in winter condition, using crampons and ice axe and occasionally rope. They need to have a very good level of navigation skills and avalanche awareness as terrain usually is challenging. If there is a glacier they need a special set of skills to move safely on this terrain. Experience needed: To be able to take part in this course you should have summer walking experience, good outdoor climbing experience, ability to belay and tie knots would be desirable. Good fitness level required.
Winter and ice climbing is a style of mountain climbing which combines and makes use of trad and multi-pitch climbing skills in winter condition. Climbers will encounter ice, snow, rocks and difficult conditions during ascent and they will need to place special protection, use crampons and ice axes to ascend the route. Experience needed: This is a high-level course in winter climbing. Winter mountaineering and trad climbing experience are essential. A good fitness level is required.