Whilst you enjoy climbing in one of the many exciting locations North Wales has to offer, you will also learn and develop key technical and safety skills for your future climbing adventures. This Rock Skills course is a new, nationally recognised personal skills scheme from Mountain Training. The Rock Skills scheme sits alongside the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme, as recognised routes into developing key, personal skills and confidence in your chosen environment. You can register for the scheme from 12 years old. Registration is FREE for under 18s and £20 for over 18s.
Rock Skills courses are designed to provide structured training opportunities for people who want to learn more about the activity itself and become independent, confident climbers. There are three different levels so that complete beginners, and those with more experience, can choose their own starting point. RAW Adventures offers the Introduction and Intermediate levels.
As an example, the Rock Skills Introduction course covers the following:
- Background and Planning
An awareness of the types of places you can climb in the UK and Ireland, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette and the work of the mountaineering councils
- Climbing Skills
Fundamental movement skills and climbing styles
- Footwear and Equipment
Footwear and equipment selection and how to use the kit you choose
- Technical Skills
Tying into a harness, belaying, spotting and how to abseil
- Environmental Knowledge
The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations for climbers
- Hazards and Emergency Procedures
Identifying hazards, managing risk, understanding common injuries, how to get help and the role of Mountain Rescue and associated emergency services
Our costs include suitably qualified staff and all technical and group safety equipment necessary. Please see Mountain Training’s website for further information on how to register for the scheme – and then find our course dates. We look forward to seeing you!