Climb to new heights - Hone your rock climbing skills in beautiful Britain
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If ever there was a sport that benefits from being in a group of like-minded people it has to be rock climbing.
Testing your nerve, your muscles and your determination, climbing is a great challenge and one where being with other peeps of a similar level can spur you on to achieve more than you possibly thought you would.
This is why we hold several weekends, aimed at beginners and those with some experience of indoor climbing walls, in prime spots such as the Peak District and Snowdonia to help hone those skills.
In the company of expert climbers who are also very skilled at coaching others, you’ll learn the ropes (excuse the pun) and start having fun on the rocky stuff.
In a nutshell:
- Learn from climbing experts in a safe, fun environment and in cracking countryside.
- Emulating Darth Vader’s words: “the force is strong with this one” (ok a bit bonkers but we’re thinking the motivational forces generated by the group.
- Relax after all that hard work with some lovely food and great company.
Peak District Dates:
- Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020
- Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July 2020
- Soon to be released
For these weekends we’ve picked locations that are slap bang in the middle of great rock climbing playgrounds working with local guides and expert climbers.
On the Friday you’re welcome to pitch up any time after 5pm where our host will be offering cups of tea while introducing you to your fellow adventurers.
Then while guests mingle our host will prepare an evening meal that will be ideal pre-climbing fuel (think hearty, homemade and extremely tasty)!
Over dinner we’ll talk you through the weekend’s arrangements and answer any questions you might have.
Saturday + Sunday
During the two days you’ll try a selection of climbs and also learn a ‘toolbox’ of essential climbing techniques. We’ll also visit a variety of venues to give you a thorough taste of the amazing climbing on offer that will no doubt whet your appetite for future adventures. On the Saturday evening we’ll also arrange an evening meal leaving you plenty of time to relax after your first full day.
During the weekend our climbing experts will include the following techniques and skills:
- Choosing and the correct use of equipment
- Understanding climbing grade systems and the use of guidebooks
- Crag etiquette
- Climbing movement skills
- Correct methods for tying into a rope
- Belaying and lowering other climbers
- Understanding climbing terminology
- Understanding types of rock climbing protection
- Placing protection and setting up anchors to belay a partner
- Plenty of climbing!
The weekend is not only suitable for those new to climbing but also for indoor climbers who are keen to develop their skills outside.
All equipment and expert tuition is provided.
We have the exclusive hire of Castleton Mews, a separate building in the grounds of Castleton Losehill Hall, a huge gothic Victorian mansion that has recently been totally renovated. The Mews has a great social space, and sits within easy reach of the village of Castleton, as well as the hills that surround it.
YHA Castleton Losehill Hall
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018