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Trad Climbing Improver

Intermediate Level - 2 days

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Our aim is to develop the technical skills required to lead single / multi-pitch rock climbs confidently and competently on a variety of crags.

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Develop participants rock climbing skills whilst leading multi pitch climbs.
  • Re-cap on core rock climbing skills such as movement on rock, belaying both leader and second (including holding falls and lowering), tying into multi – point anchors both in reach and out of reach using the rope alone.
  • Re-cap on using rock climbing protection equipment such as nuts, hexes and camming devices and assessing the efficacy of the placements in a multi-pitch context.
  • Stance management on multi-pitch climbs – creating belays, organising ropes etc.
  • Setting up and using a retrievable abseil, including protecting yourself on an abseil using an auto block, to escape from a multi – pitch climb.
  • An evening session will include relevant technical and theoretical input.

Lead climbing is an inherently risk activity. Even with the best supervision by our experienced instructors there is still the risk of falling and associated injury.

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Is It For Me?

This course is designed for those who wish to develop their lead climbing skills or if you are just getting back into the sport after a lay off.

Minimum experience is leading VDiff and a practical understanding of basic rope work and belay techniques.

Lead climbing is an inherently risk activity. Even with the best supervision by our experienced instructors there is still the risk of falling and associated injury.

Course Aims

To develop the technical skills required to lead single /  multi-pitch rock climbs confidently and competently on a variety of crags.

Course Content

You will usually be in a team of two with one instructor. Lead climbing, with the inherent risk of falling no matter how well managed, is risky. You should be aware off and accept these risks. You will therefore be encouraged to discuss with your instructor how you progress from day to day to allow both you and your instructor to manage these risks. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss you and the other participants experience and aspirations, enabling the instructor to plan the programme around the main topics to be covered. These are:

 

  • Develop participants rock climbing skills whilst leading multi pitch climbs.
  • Re-cap on core rock climbing skills such as movement on rock, belaying both leader and second (including holding falls and lowering), tying into multi – point anchors both in reach and out of reach using the rope alone.
  • Re cap on using rock climbing protection equipment such as nuts, hexes and camming devices and assessing the efficacy of the placements in a multi-pitch context.
  • Stance management on multi-pitch climbs – creating belays, organising ropes etc.
  • Setting up and using a retrievable abseil, including protecting yourself on an abseil using an auto block, to escape from a multi – pitch climb.
  • An evening session will include relevant technical and theoretical input.

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.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Leather Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Helmet
  • 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.
  • Whistle
  • 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!

 

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.

Course Pre-Requisites

Experience of leading single pitch V Diff, understanding of basic ropework and belay techniques.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews Read all reviews

Had a brilliant time, came away feeling a lot more confident.
Kathryn Crouch Reviewed on 16/07/2016
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • 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)

  • Breakfast
  • 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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