Women rock south west events
Working in partnership with Adelong, another local like-minded company, we have designed the Women Rock Southwest Climbing events. Aiming to bring anyone who identifies as a women from across the UK together, to develop and support both your traditional and sport climbing journey.
The event aims to introduce women to lead climbing outdoors, as well as support intermediate climbers who are looking to continue developing their skills, wanting to gain more confidence, and want to become more independent, all-round climbers.
This event will allow you to climb in a supportive and encouraging environment alongside other women; local MCI holder Charlie, West Country Adventure Coach and RCDI holder Tori, as well as other local female climbing instructors, will be making sure you get the most out of your weekend, using local crags around the south west.
So whether you are wanting some input ahead of your Mountain Training RCI course, want to ask questions and take the time you want without pressures from others, or ready to take those early steps into your leading career, this weekend could help you achieve your aims.
Attended the women’s introduction to lead weekend and loved it! Tori was so informative, supportive and calm. We learned how to do everything safely and efficiently, and I’m now so excited to put everything into practice. Thank you so much. Izzy Stanesby, Women’s South West Rock Weekend, June 2021
September 1-3rd. HERE IS THE BOOKING FORM
Cost: £250pp (includes 2-nights camping and 2-days tuition from one of our wonderful female instructors). If you do not wish to stay, please chat to us to discuss day only ticket for the 2nd-3rd September.
Can’t attend? Why not check out our other workshops designed for women or our Women’s Winter Coaching Series.
women’s sport climbing development workshop
Designed for women who are ready to break into their next grade, start redpointing, working on pushing themselves and progressing.
Whether you normally look to others to put your draws in and want to develop your confidence, taken time out due to COVID-19 or starting a family, this supportive course will help empower you to kick-start and continue your lead journey. Perfect for anyone who is currently climbing at 5+/6a. It’s not uncommon for people to plateau around this grade, we want to help you to break that barrier.
- Recapping and introducing alternative methods for rethreading the lower off
- Redpoint tactics and mental training considerations
- Route reading
- Clip stick use and techniques
- Falling preparation, considerations and practice
- Fundamentals of movement
We use a range of sport crags in the south west to support both our 1-day Introductory and 2-day development courses. Venues include Anstey’s Cove, Churston Cove, Chudleigh, Torbryan, amongst other smaller crags in the area. We also use Portland for some courses, but this will be clearly stated for specific courses.
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women’s winter coaching series
It’s no surprise to know that participation in sport declines in the colder, darker autumn and winter months. Sport England research suggests it is down to a range of key reasons: Environmental barriers: Too cold, wet and dark for outdoor activities. Motivational barriers: “Motivational barriers are most likely to affect those who exercise indoors or alone”. Sport England.
One of the key strategies suggested to reducing the risk of future opt out is booking activity in advance, preparing the night before, or making a financial or social commitment.
Throughout Autumn and Spring, we will be starting our Women’s Winter Coaching on Wednesday and Thursday nights, based at Plymouth Life Centre Climbing Wall between 8pm and 9.30pm.
The booking is for a 3-week block.
As well as forming a social group, this will support development, progression and encouraging you to commit to staying active.
Sessions are run by Tori (qualified climbing coach and teacher). We will create a supportive space for you to climb, providing technical and movement coaching to ensure you not only have fun, but also improve your skills and confidence.
The sessions will include bouldering and roped climbing. All harnesses are provided and belaying taught if you do not currently access roped climbing.
Cost: The 3-week block cost just £65 and includes wall entry and harnesses.
September 6, 13, 20. 8-9.30pm.
September 7, 14. 8-9.30pm. These dates are focused on developing those women that want to start or develop their lead climb.
October 4, 11, 18. 8-9.30pm.
“I hadn’t anticipated the power of an all-female space. It’s not that I don’t love climbing with the guys, but this felt so much more accessible and nurturing. It was a wonderful space to get to know other female climbers too and I feel like it is the start of a really lovely community!”
If you are keen to keep active but cannot make these dates, we are also taking winter 1:1 and private coaching bookings.
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Introduction to Outdoor traditional Rock Climbing
Have you had a taste of climbing? Do you want to try the real thing? This course covers all the fundamental skills of rock climbing in a fun, safe and enjoyable manner. We use a variety of crags from picturesque Dartmoor to the sunny beach crags of Devon. The course will allow you to experience a variety of routes, cover basic ropework, develop fundamental skills and techniques to set you up for more climbing adventures. All your equipment will be provided.
No previous experience required, just a willingness to have a go.
Open Course Dates for 2023
July 15th. 1000 – 1600. Dartmoor.
August 6th. 1000 – 1600. Dartmoor.
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If you would rather organise your own private course for a group of friends or family, the costs are:
Half Day from £150
Full Day from £200
Introduction to Sport Climbing
Sport climbing is a great way to climb outdoors with limited hassle. It allows you to focus on your own physical performance and technique on rock. This course covers all aspects of sport climbing from rethreading the lower off, route tactics, falling, body preparation, mental preparation and movement coaching. Our courses utilise venues in Devon and Dorset as well as the Wye Valley.
Previous experience: to get the most out of this day it would be advantageous to have some leading experience indoors.
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Full day from £100pp
Introduction to Lead Traditional Climbing
Britain has a range of traditional climbing. If you have experienced climbing indoors or outdoors and want to learn to lead climb, then this is for you.
During this course you will learn the art of placing protection, setting up belays, abseiling, guide book interpretation, route reading and simple rescues whilst climbing in some of the best places in the South West.
After completion you will have developed the confidence and skills to embark on your own adventures.
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1 day from £100pp
2 days £190pp
5 days £400pp
Introduction to Sea Cliff Climbing Course
Our 1-day sea cliff climbing course provides a unique and often committing environment; perfect for those wanting a taste of adventure. Devon and Cornwall offer some of the best climbing with something for everyone. We will select the most suitable venue for your experience and goals. So, if you have a sense of adventure and want to abseil into some of the most stunning coastline on offer as well as wanting to learn some new skills, this is the course for you. All equipment will be provided.
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Self-Rescue & problem solving
The Self-rescue 1-day course focuses on developing your knowledge and skills set and equip you with strategies to deal with emergency situations when climbing and how to get yourself out of trouble should things not go according to plan. The course covers techniques including accompanied abseils, ascending a rope, lowering a climber, lowering a climber past a knot, escaping the system, choosing suitable self-rescue equipment, simple hoists.
To make the most of this course you’ll need some traditional leading experience. This would also be suitable as a Rock Climbing Instructor and MCI refresher. Whether you are looking to climb outside more and looking at pushing yourself, progressing as a climbing instructor or taking on a climbing challenge of your own, this course is for you.
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Cost from £75pp
progress and development coaching for couples
Have you been climbing for a while with your partner or same friend and struggling to break into the next grade? Then this 2-day course is for you.
After an initial profiling conversation to identify areas of improvement within your climbing, our coaches will create a tailored action plan to get you on the way to becoming the climber you what to be. This course often involves a mixture of indoor and outdoor climbing depending on learning objectives. The 2-days do not need to be consecutive, as this is a bespoke course.
Previous experience: The Progress and Development Course would benefit climbers that are already competent in climbing around the grade VD (trad), 6a (sport) or V3.
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Cost from £200pp
mountain training and professional courses
We are Providers of the Mountain Training Rock Skills.
We have a range of dates available throughout the year, as well as offering bespoke courses. Check out our dates here
We also deliver the Mountain Training Indoor Climbing Assistant course, please contact us if you wish to organise a course for your staff team or educational group. This can be run as a 1-day course, or over multiple sessions.
We run a range of climbing preparation days which can support individuals in their consolidation period when working toward skills and leadership awards.
If you want an extra day of input, to help refresh your knowledge or support in getting those extra leads in to get you ready for an assessment, or want a taste of what it’s like to operate as an award holder, our CPD days could be what you are looking for.
Get in touch to discuss dates for 2023
If you would like to arrange a private day, please get in touch.
Our Performance Coaching is aimed at climber who wants to improve their ability and overall climbing. This is a very effective way to accelerate your performance.
You will receive coaching and direct input from our Head Coach, Paul Roberts.
Each package includes:
- x1 Profiling session
- x1 3-hour Training Plan Assessment (in-person or remotely if not local to Devon)
- x1 Training 12-week Training Plan
- x2 2-hour Indoor coaching OR x1 outdoor coaching session
This package looks at improving all aspects of your climbing from pychological, physical , tactical to technical. The Performance Coaching is specific to each client to allow a high level of learning and progression, because of its tailored nature it is suited to all climbers with varying abilities.
Each performance package starts with a client profiling session, normally at an indoor climbing wall. This will identify areas of strengths and the areas we need to improve and focus on developing. After the initial profiling, a training assessment will be conducted, followed by a 12-week training plan being provided.
For further questions please get in touch.
Additional coaching costs from £30.00 per hour.
To book yourself on to one of our courses please call us on 07908818151, email us at [email protected] or fill in our contact form and one of our friendly instructors will get in touch to chat to you about the details.