The Mountain Leader Specialists
ROCK CLIMBING COURSES
Our rock climbing courses are often available with dates to suit, and can be of any
length. They can be introductory, intermediate or a combination of both. The basic
plan for the relevant courses are set out below, but these are flexible and given
for guidance only. You may wish to have just one or two days climbing, or to make
a full week of it -
Set dates are below but if you want to go for a tailor-
***PLEASE NOTE! THESE ARE PROFESSIONALLY RUN ROCK CLIMBING COURSES AND, WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF THE ROCK CLIMBING TASTER COURSE, ARE RUN ON A MAXIMUM OF 1:2 RATIO (UNLESS
BY ARRANGEMENT). THUS, ALTHOUGH THE COST MIGHT SEEM HIGH, YOU WILL GETTING THE MAXIMUM
POSSIBLE CONTACT TIME FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR COURSE.
ROCK CLIMBING TASTER
This course, of one or more days duration, gives you a taste of rock climbing without the worry! After a brief time looking at equipment and belaying skills, we will then go climbing! This will most likely entail you 'seconding' routes, following the leader, but will also perhaps utilise the use of 'bottom roping', where the leader stays on the ground but you are still protected from above. If you wish, we can also include some abseiling into our time on the crags. An ideal course, especially for anyone who wants to 'give it a go' or are not sure if they would enjoy climbing or not and want to find out!
EXPERIENCE: None, just be keen!
DATES : To suit!
COST: £200 per day.
INTRODUCTORY ROCK CLIMBING
Climbing Instruction on some of Scotland's Finest Crags. This rock climbing course is an ideal introduction to this challenging sport, or for those in need of a `refresher' course. All relevant topics are covered including gear selection, rope management, belaying, leading, runner placement and route choice. All subjects are learnt in a practical situation, and every day is spent out on the crags giving you an excellent chance to learn and progress through the grades quickly and safely. We will be using different crags and outcrops during the course, such as the granite cliffs of Ballater in Deeside, the non-
DATES: May 12-
COST: £450. B+B or bunkhouse accommodation is also available upon request.
EXPERIENCE: Good general fitness, with keenness being of more importance than upper body and finger strength.
OUTCOME: You should finish the course with a good all-
INTRO / INTERMEDIATE ROCK CLIMBING -
Rock instruction for climbing partners. This course is very popular, and has been designed to cope with the demands of two partners who climb together but may be working at different grades or with varying experience. We work at a ratio of 1:2, which allows you and your partner to gain the maximum benefit from your course. Each partner will be coached through the relevant technical procedures and scenarios relevant to their grade and experience, allowing them to both progress at the same rate. This course can be seen as allowing time to learn and consolidate skills, such as improved stance management, leading skills, multi-
DATES: May 12-
COST: £450. B+B or bunkhouse accommodation is also available.
EXPERIENCE: Variable, good general fitness.
OUTCOME: You should both finish the course with a good all-
INTERMEDIATE ROCK CLIMBING
A couple of days of advanced skills. A natural progression from the introductory course, these days are aimed at those leading at V Diff standard and above. It is also ideal for those who have been operating at the same grade for some time and wish to improve their skills. After a revision of basic belaying techniques, we will look at more advanced belaying, multiple anchors, improved runner placement, multi-
DATES: May 12-
COST: £450. Accommodation is also available.
EXPERIENCE: Good general fitness, leading at Diff or above.
IMPROVISED RESCUE TECHNIQUES
Essential emergency skills for both rock climbers and winter mountaineers. This course, ideally run over two days but could be of any length, is aimed at climbers leading at least at `Diff' standard in summer, or Grade 1 in winter, and who wish to learn emergency skills in a practical situation. Topics covered include prussiking, assisted and un-
DATES One or two days, arranged to suit your schedule.
COST £180 per day for up to 2 people, higher ratios by arrangement.
EXPERIENCE: Leading at `Diff' standard, summer, or Grade 1, winter.
ROCK CLIMBING ITINERARY
The following is an itinerary for one of our five day introductory rock climbing courses. This should be taken as an example only, as we always have to remain flexible as regards weather conditons and client's abilities and aspirations. As we usually work on a one instructor to two client ratio, we have plenty of opportunity to develop skills in a variety of directions during the week.
Day 1. This starts with introductions, a discussion of the course outline, and collection of equipment. Most of the day is spent looking at basic belaying methods and stance management for single pitch climbs, both at the top and the bottom of the route. We will discuss the appropriateness of a variety of techniques, and various ways of belaying an ascending leader or second. There is a fair amount of technical input during this first day, so we will be careful that it does not get too confusing! Abseiling is a large part of rock climbing, both for convenience and in emergency situations, so that will also be covered. The venue will often be Huntly's Cave near Grantown on Spey, a great venue for learning. The walk to the venue is only of a few minutes duration, as indeed it is to the majority of sites that we commonly use during the week.
Day 2. Although there is no pressure to lead routes during the week, peope often
wish to do so, and this is the day on which we introduce the use of leader-
Day 3. Training is an important part of rock climbing, and we will spend part of
this day looking at developing the skills to help you advance through the grades.
Bouldering is not only a popular way of training, but is also often seen as a sport
in its own right. Using the cliffs of Cummingston, we will look at a variety of bouldering
techniques, and also be able to lead some routes in the area. Cummingston is a sandstone
cliff overlooking the Moray Firth, situated on a pleasant shingle beach, and with
the added attraction of a school of Bottle-
Day 4. This day is often purely leading, and, hopefully, you will now be able to
find your way round a crag using guide book descriptions. The plan will be for you
to climb whichever routes you like, with your instructor climbing alongside, using
the guide book and a little prompting from local knowledge! There are few better
places for this than Logie Head, also situated overlooking the Moray Firth, a fin
of compacted sandstone jutting out into the sea. A sun-
Day 5. This day includes a mixture of leading, looking at how to change over leads