Course details

Here’s a description of our course, provided by our lovely instructor Tom. If you want more details, you can contact him at: contact@thiswayupoutdoors.co.uk or 07807308341
Brunel Climbing
Course Description

Introduction – Beginner’s Course

In the introduction to climbing, you will learn the basics of keeping yourself – and others – safe at an indoor climbing wall. You will be using Top Ropes and the key things you learn are:
1) Putting on a Harness
2) Tying In
3) Belaying
This is taught in 2 45-minute lessons at the start of the year, or in small groups if you join later in the year. At this point you still need to be backed up until you feel you are proficient at the skills. When you are ready, you can attempt our Competency Test which involves us checking you know the above skills well. If you are a paid member, we can then sign you off and you will become a full member with access to our equipment, unsupervised use of the wall for free during our sessions and the ability to complete the further lessons if you wish.

Intermediate – Anchors and Technique

The second course consists of two lessons. The first lesson teaches the invaluable skill of ground anchors so you stop feeling like you’re leaving the ground when belaying someone heavier than yourself. They also act as the base for the more advanced lessons later on. The other lesson is an introduction to climbing technique – the way to efficiently move on the wall. It acts as a brilliant way to jump-start your climbing career.

Advanced – Lead Climbing

The third course is taught over 3 lessons and is an in-depth introduction to Lead Climbing, which is the foundation of climbing outdoors. This style of climbing is when you don’t have a rope already set up. You’ll need to start with a rope at the bottom of the climb, and clip in as you ascend the route. You will learn how to properly feed out rope for your climber, clip quickdraws, and catch lead falls.

Advanced – Sport Climbing

The fourth and final full course acts as a conversion for the Lead Climbing course. You’ll learn the skills needed for single pitch sport leading in the UK. Sport routes have pre-placed bolts that act as protection points throughout and you will learn all about placing your own quickdraws and threading the anchors at the top of a route. Get it done in time for the easter trip – Annual Dinner – so you can practise everything you’ve learnt so far up to this point out on real rock.

Bonus – Multipitch Climbing
This bonus course is all about building advanced, multiple point anchors for belaying as well as abseiling that gives you a good foundation ready to attempt multipitch climbing. This is the style of climbing that allows you to climb long, routes that require you to break them down into smaller sections to climb, as well as how to get back down off them.

Bonus – Traditional (Trad) Climbing
Trad climbing is the style of climbing that has to be used when there are no pre-placed bolts for protection – as in Sport Climbing. This is the most common style of outdoor climbing in the UK, and involves taking up various different devices to allow you to protect yourself naturally as you climb. It covers theory on placement, extension and equalisation and you can practise this at the Brunel wall due to it’s unique construction. The entire course up to this point can be practise in the final trip of the year – Leaders Week – up in North Wales.