Rock Skills - Intermediate Trad Climbing Two Day Course

Keswick, Lake District
Group size
1 - 4 people
Experience level
2 days
0 miles
The Rock Skills courses are a pathway towards independent outdoor rock climbing, accredited by the Mountain Training organisation and designed for people to start as complete beginners, or join a course at what ever level they are at.

About the trip

The main aims of this 2 day course are to learn how to be a safe belayer, how to second routes competently and how to belay a lead climber. You will develop your climbing movement skills and learn how to place protection and construct belays.


Completion of a Rock Skills Introduction course.
OR have logged 10 routes on walls or outdoor crags; and have logged 10 belays of a fellow climber.

Minimum age: 13 (Note: under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Course meeting point: Keswick
Course timings: 9am – 5pm
Course numbers: maximum of four participants

Prerequisites: meet the above climbing requirements, and have registered for the Rock Skills schemes with Mountain Training (£20 for adults and free for under 18s). This helps to fund their provision of these courses and ensure quality delivery. The registration will give you an online log book, new climber info, and access to other skills courses and instructional awards.

Travel logistics: I encourage people to car share or use public transport if possible, in order to make the course accessible and minimise our environmental impact. We will share cars to a local crag, there are good train links to Penrith, and buses in to Keswick. Please inform me when booking if you are planning on using public transport.

My courses are always catered to the clients, relaxed, fun and involve as much climbing and learning as possible! Bespoke dates are available on request.

Take a look at the Rock Skills courses on the Mountain Training website for more information:

For more info, please contact me through Guide Base.


The course content will be delivered throughout the two days, catered specifically to you, the venues and weather conditions. We meet on the first morning with introductions and an overview of the course, and plan to spend as much time learning at the crag as possible. In adverse weather we occasionally spend a little time at an indoor wall if that is a more appropriate place to practise skills.

- Background and Planning. Choosing a suitable venue, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette and the work of the mountaineering councils.

- Climbing Skills. Warming up and injury avoidance, developing your movement skills and widening your repertoire of climbing moves.

- Footwear and Equipment. Rock boot fit, selecting the right equipment for improved performance and an introduction to climbing protection.

- Technical Skills. Building anchors, selecting runners, ropework, belaying, holding falls, lowering, seconding a route and personal abseiling.

- Environmental Knowledge. The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations.

- Hazards and Emergency Procedures. Identifying hazards, managing risk when climbing, abseiling and bouldering, understanding common injuries, how to get help and the role of Mountain Rescue.
See the above course content


Excellent knowledge of the local area
Qualified Instructor
All the equipment needed

Not included

Travel to and from Keswick
Food & drink
Suitable Clothing
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