Catrin, Emily and Katherine at Stanage: Photo Alex Ekins
...with Katherine and James McHaffie
For climbers aged 12-17
"Rock Action very unique. It is the only course offered in England which give under 18s performance climbing skills. These are covered in a fantastic setting on the cliffs of the peak district, which are ideal for learning the ropes on. The calibre of some of the people on the course the past few years was amazing. They showed the instructors how it's done! Thornbridge and its grounds gives a great place to rest on an evening between the very active days. It has always been a great week to work on" James McHaffie, Rock Action coach
Stan at Stanage: Photo Alex Ekins
Ollie at Two Tier: Photo Alex Ekins
Rock Action - trad, sport and bouldering
21-25th July 2014
£490 per person
Rock Action Sport - a week of sport climbing
18-22nd August 2014
£440 per person
Click here for booking (a £50 deposit is required to secure your place)
Rock Action is a well established outdoor residential climbing course for young people having run for 4 years. If you already have climbing experience, either indoors or outdoors (or a bit of both) but want to learn new skills, climb lots on rock and be up for a great time this is the week for you. This is a great opportunity as this is the only improver course outdoors for young people in the Peak District.
The ratios will be anything from 1: 4 (for bouldering and sport climbing to 1:2 for trad leading. We will ensure that all coaching and instruction is geared to the level you are climbing at, hence the small ratios.
The Rock Action coaches and instructors, who work on the courses, all all hold the Mountain Instructor Award, the highest qualification for outdoor rock climbing. You will will experience coaching of the highest quality from people 100% committed and dedicated to giving you the best possible experience.
Many people leave the course having climbed harder than they did before. This is not the aim of the course, but a by-product as we feel that experiencing a fun, exciting and supportive atmosphere will get the best out of any climber.
The course will be run in partnership with Thornbridge Outdoors, a local authority outdoor centre in the heart of the Peak District.
Rock Action has an excellent team of instructors. Katherine and James MacHaffie are the main coaches, who will be joined by other coaches depending on numbers and ratios. All coaches know the Peak District well and many have experienced climbing to a high level themselves, whether that is on trad, in the mountains or in bouldering.
James MacHaffie is simply one of the best trad climbers in the country and boasts more E7 onsights to his name than probably anyone else. In 2011 he also made the long awaiting second ascent of the Big Bang 9a, one of the country's hardest sport climbs. Here you can see him onsighting Masters Edge (E7) in the Peak District.
James is also a very experienced climbing instructor and he holds the MIA (Mountain Instructor Award). He has worked on Rock Action for 3 years and also works at the National Centre, Plas-y-brenin in Wales. He is highly skilled at understanding the subtlety of climbing and passing on crucial nuggets of information. On the week he will give an exciting and inspiring slideshow of some of his incredible adventures.
He will certainly be a great inspiration for anyone who comes on the course and he's really excited to be a part of it.
Whatever your current experience, you will definitely learn something new. The course will take different abilities into account depending on your experiences so far and depending on which course you go on, you will do at least two of the following:
- Trad climbing
- Sport climbing
Within these areas of climbing expect some the following:
- Climbing technique outside – learn to trust your feet and use your balance on the rounded gritstone edges and in contrast the positive, but small edges of limestone – a totally different experience to indoors
- Develop your route reading skills outside
- Bouldering in a group – using mats and spotters
- Learn to use guidebooks
- Getting to grips with knots, rope and outdoor climbing equipment
- Setting up belays or threading belays (sport climbing)
- Seconding and top roping traditional climbs
- Top roping sport climbs
- Lead trad climbing for some (depending on experience so far)
- Climbing on limestone using bolt protection, a different rock and a different style
- Climbing indoors
As well as all this there will be activities in the evening too: more climbing, slideshows, bar-b-q’s, climbing DVDs, zip wire, ropes courses... You won’t be bored!
The above price includes all
- equipment hire
(entry to walls in Sheffield extra)
Thornbridge Outdoor Centre is just a couple of miles north of Bakewell and is perfectly positioned to access many of the Peak’s best crags and sits on the edge of the dark and white peak, effectively the divide between gritstone and limestone areas.
The centre is well set up for groups offering accommodation and many onsite activities including a climbing wall and high ropes course.
We strongly suggest that all participants on the course get personal insurance for the week. By becoming a BMC member (£17) you automatically get civil liability insurance and personal accident insurance. For an extra £12 you would be insured against baggage, cancellation of the course and extra personal accident insurance. Visit the BMC http://www.thebmc.co.uk/
Bookings will be taken with Love to Climb, who will be responsible for organising the course programme, food, logistics etc. and have overall responsibility for the course. The safety management of the rock climbing activities will be the responsibility of Thornbridge Outdoors, who hold the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA) Licence number L10520/R0740.