Is It For Me?
This course is designed for those who already lead sport climbs outside but want to develop their sport climbing and push their grade!
The course will be based outside with all the climbing action taking place at local sport climbing venues.
To get the most from this course you should have regular indoor wall leading experience and be climbing at the indoor wall grade of 6a minimum.
To develop a solid foundation in sport climbing techniques, whilst climbing a variety of single pitch rock climbs, such that you will be a competent sport climber and comfortable with red-pointing.
You will usually be in a team of two with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss the experience and aspirations of you and the other participants, enabling the instructor to plan the programme around the main topics to be covered. These are:
- Individualised coaching to develop and improve rock climbing movement skills.
- Belaying using a belay plate / gri gri in a bottom rope & lead situation – including holding falls and lowering.
- Lead climbing, clipping bolts and lowering-off safely.
- Introduce the concept of bolt-to-bolt and working routes.
- Red-pointing climbs and psychological preparation.
What Will I Need?
Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.
If you are thinking about buying equipment (things like harness, rock shoes etc) but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.
GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Leather Boots
- Day & Expedition Sacs
- All emergency group kit including ropes.
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.
Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.
- Informal clothing for leisure wear
- Warm outdoor wear
- Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
- General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
- Thick socks (several pairs)
- Spare fleece/insulated jacket
- Hat & gloves*** leather palmed Belay Gloves are useful for rope work scenarios.
- Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 romer ***
- Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms.
- Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
- Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
- Box or bag for packed lunch.
- Blister kit/ small first aid kit
- Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
- Suncream – you just never know! ***
- Spare towel
- An alarm clock
Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!
Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.
Remember the price is all inclusive
We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.
What’s included on your course
- Use of kit
- Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
- Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
- In-course transport
What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS
- Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *
(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)
- Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
- Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
- Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course
Arriving at Glenmore Lodge
- For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
- Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
- Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
- On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions
On your last day
- Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
- All courses will finish by 5pm
- On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service
*some exceptions – see detailed course notes
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