Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Courses In The Lake District

Kendal Mountaineering Services has a proven track record in providing rock climbing courses in the Lake District, North Wales (Snowdonia) and Scotland.

  • learn a skill that will have you hooked for life
  • improve your existing climbing skills
  • discover the Lake District from a new angle

Rock Climbing Courses in the Lake District

The Lake District is a fantastic venue for rock climbing. The main locations for our Lake District rock climbing courses are Langdale with a number of superb climbing venues such as Raven Crag, Gimmer White Gill or Scout Crags. Langdale has some excellent multi-pitch beginner rock climbs such as those on Upper Scout Crag or Middlefell Buttress. Borrowdale is another excellent rock climbing venue with Shepherds and Black Crag being great for multi-pitch climbing and beginners. Dow Crag near Coniston provides some harder multi-pitch rock climbs and there are also some excellent easy locations for rock climbing in the Ullswater Valley.

Rock climbing in the Lake District, Cumbria

All of our rock climbing courses will be tailored to suit your ability and experience and we will aim to build on what knowledge and skills you already possess. You will be working with instructors who possess the Mountaineering Instructors Award as a minimum. Our instructors have a great deal of experience in developing individual personal ability in the sport of rock climbing

Introductory Single Pitch Rock Climbing Session

If you have never climbed before and want to experience the sport for the first time, an introductory rock climbing session is for you. You will learn basic ropework techniques and how to climb on rock.

Rock Climbing Courses in Lake District

These climbing sessions are suitable for individuals or groups. You could do a half day of rock climbing coupled with an abseiling session or make it a full day of adventure by teaming it with another of our outdoor activities. Full day introductory rock climbing is also available and would comprise of two different types of climbs with the day culminating in Iain guiding you on a gentle multi-pitch rock climb.

Prices for an introductory rock climbing session are £45/person for a half day (4 hours) and £75/person for a full day (8 hours)

  • Minimum booking numbers apply.
  • Group bookings discount and children’s rates are also available.

Learning to Lead Rock Climbing Courses

Have you begun your rock climbing adventure by learning on an indoor wall? You know some of the jargon, you have the basic rope skills and you can confidently belay?

If you want to take your rock climbing up a notch, you need to get outdoor on rock and a KMS learn to lead rock climbing course is designed for just this purpose; transforming you from an indoor to outdoor rock climber.

Your climbing instructor will teach you about anchor selection; how to place running belays (gear placements) using the appropriate equipment for the placement, how to construct anchors to belay your climbing partner and how to abseil safely from the crag if you need to retreat.

Learning to Lead Rock Climbing Courses

You will also be taught the importance of climbing calls and belaying within sight/earshot of your second if at all possible and how to interpret guidebooks when deciding on what rock route to do. 

Guided Multi Pitch Climbing Courses

Whether you are a competent climber, learning the ropes or you’re an accomplished indoor climber with limited experience of outdoor climbing, you will have heard the names of the Lake District classic rock climbs and those of further afield; in Snowdonia or Scotland.

If you want to get on those routes and tick them off, then try a private guided multi pitch rock climbing course with one of our qualified mountaineering instructors. We will assess your previous rock climbing experience and tailor the routes to your ability.

Some of the classics include Little Chamonix on Shepherds Crag, Corvus on Raven Crag, Eliminate A on Dow or Kipling Groove on Gimmer Crag.

Learn to lead rock climbing and multi pitch rock climbing courses are based on an instructor to client ratio of 1:2. These courses can be run in the Lake District, North Wales or Scotland.

For further information about any of our rock climbing adventures in the Lake District, North Wales or Scotland, please contact us.

All technical climbing equipment is included in the course fee excluding rock shoes which are needed for learning to lead climbing courses or private guided climbing. These can be hired locally (Lake District only) for an additional small cost.

Prices for learning to lead climb and guided multi pitch rock climbing:

  • Pricing is based on a minimum and maximum of two clients per instructor.
  • Lake District: £160/per instructor per day
  • North Wales or Scotland: (minimum of 2 consecutive days) £180/per instructor per day

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Rock Climbing Courses and Activities are held in:
Shepherd's Crag Raven Crag Scout Crags Gimmer Crag Long Scar Bowfell Buttress Thornhow Crag Gillercombe Buttress Black Crag Dow Crag Wallabarrow Crag Twistleton Scar Hutton Roof Cwm Idwal Tremadoc Ullswater Tryfan

More About KMS

Iain Gallagher, Kendal Mountaineering ServicesKendal Mountaineering Services is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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