More and more people every year take up rock climbing as a hobby. A huge number of these new climbers start out on their local indoor wall, where typically they'll learn how to put on a harness, tie on to the rope, and how to belay each other. This makes for a great start as a climber, but taking those skills outdoors can be a daunting prospect. Suddenly, there is a whole lot more to learn. You've got to find the crag, use a guidebook to work out where the climbs go, understand the grades of the climbs, and if it's a trad crag (which most are here in the UK) you've got to grapple with placing protection and building safe belay anchors at the top of each pitch.
On my 'Off The Wall' courses the aim is to help you with this transition. You will draw on my 30 years experience as a climber and enjoy your first outdoor classic climbs, whilst also learning all the basics such as using a guidebook, understanding trad grades, making sense of all the trad gear, tying in to belay anchors to make yourself safe, outdoor belaying, typical rope systems we use for outdoor climbing, stance management and ropework, and getting back down off the crag safely afterwards. All while having a great time on some of the best rock climbs the Lake District has to offer.