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Introduction to Outdoor Climbing Course
3 Mar 2022

Who is this course for:

Anyone with a sense of adventure and the ability to walk into the crag carrying their gear for the day :-). We will tailor the climbs to the abilities of the group and can shake it up so that everyone have fun. We assume no previous climbing experience but if you have been climbing before we will make sure we get you on routes that challenge and excite you!

This course is suitable for most people age 15+. If you are unsure, contact us

What it’s about:

Experience the fun, excitement and challenge of outdoor rock climbing on a one day session in Australia’s world famous climbing destination, the Blue Mountains.

Contrary to popular belief, rock climbing is more about balance, technique and control than physical strength or power. Come join our friendly, qualified instructors and experience the thrill of moving vertically on rock, protected by a top-rope belay.

We will tailor the difficulty of the climbs to your needs, ranging from beginner to more challenging routes. You will have a chance to try different styles of climbing and receive technical instruction through the day.

About this course:

  • 1 day
  • Personal attention (max 6 participants per instructor)
  • We will provide all required equipment provided including ropes, helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay devices, carabiners and other hardware.
  • Meet at the Blue Mountains Climbing School office: 20 Govett’s Leap Rd, Blackheath – Above the Altitude Deli
  • Includes a healthy, delicious and filling lunch
  • We choose the location of our climbing days based on the weather and other conditions. Some of our sites include Mt. York, Mt. Piddington, Zig Zag and Narrow Neck.

Learn the basics of:

  • Effective belaying
  • Moving efficiently over rock
  • Optimal body position
  • The importance of footwork
  • Getting the most out of different types of holds
  • Finding creative stances to rest while climbing
  • Climbing knots

You will also touch on:

  • Common climbing terminology
  • Understanding the differences between the most popular forms of climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
  • Reading and understanding guide books and route descriptions

Some recent photos from our ClimbingQTs/ The North Face Introduction to Outdoor Climbing Course:

Taken by the excellent Kamil Sustiak

What people are saying!

My brother, my cousin and I had an awesome day out participating in the basic rock-climbing course. Since transport to the site was unavailable to us, they offered to take us in theirs. All equipment was provided as well, so all we had to do was show up. There were several walls of varying difficulty to scale which was just perfect. Not long into the course we learnt how to knot and belay effectively, with all the safety measures, so we could tackle the walls as a team. The instructor, Harry, was really friendly and helpful too, and the views from the mountainside were spectacular. We had so much fun that we were exhausted by the end of it. It was value for money like never seen before, so I would definitely recommend this course to everyone and am eager to try some others as well in future.

All of our courses cover:

  • Key principles of cliff edge safety
  • Care and fitment of climbing equipment
  • Development of climbing technique
  • Climbing ethics
  • Caring for the cliff environment

This post is part of a series about our Climbing Course Progression. You can find the rest of the posts here

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