The Big Climb (1-2 June)
Following the collaboration with UKClimbing that brought you last year’s Alpine Festival, we’ve teamed up with UKClimbing once again.
Our Big Climb weekend is made up of a series of opt-in workshops covering a diverse range of climbing skills and techniques, with something to suit absolutely everyone. It’s a great way to consolidate your existing skills, develop your experience and boost your confidence for the coming rock climbing season.
The ‘experts’ sharing their knowledge and experience are all hand picked top UK climbers. But they won’t be the only ones to learn from. Every minute is an opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas with other ‘Big Climbers’. This is a unique opportunity not only to be inspired but also to have the chance to question, learn from, drink with and chat to people who have been there and done that. Wherever you plan to climb, you’re sure to find someone who’s been there and who is more than willing to share experiences and lessons learnt.
A programme of interactive workshops and inspirational lectures spans the entire weekend, allowing you to select what topics suit you best from a ‘workshop menu’, ensuring an individually tailored experience.
Supporting the workshops will be the ‘Expert’s Corner’, where you will be able to quiz some of the countries most experienced climbers to make sure you get as much as you possibly can from the weekend.
All of this for just £160, including two nights accommodation, all your food, world class coaching and tuition and guest speaker on Saturday night. Perfect timing in the run up to what is surely going to be the best summer ever, it’s just too good to miss!
Free Goody Bag!
Everyone booking on the Big Climb will now receive a free goody bag with over £100 worth of climbing associated gear in it. Making the Big Climb just too good to miss.
The 'goody bag' is a free give-away to everyone on the course and includes well over £100 of kit. So far it includes several top quality Rockfax guidebooks, an Exped rucksack, discount vouchers, technical socks and much, much more.
Two nights accommodation, meals, all your workshops and lectures for only £160
Workshops To Choose From On The Big Climb
Bouldering – Small problems - massive gains?
A workshop for rock climbers on how to use bouldering as a training tool. Find out how to use your local bouldering venues to keep you fit, get you stronger and to improve your cragging technique. This practical workshop will leave you in no doubt that regular bouldering should be a crucial part of your training programme this summer.
Sea Cliff Skills
Climbing over the sea can be very serious, but there are a whole buch of top tips you can learn to make it safer and less daunting and many, many myths that need to be be dispelled. So what's holding you back?
Before you head off to the coast, make sure you get yourself along to this fascinating insight into the world of sea cliff climbing. Find out all about gear selection, route choice, abseiling into and escaping from routes, access issues, safety concerns, tidal considerations and what makes it all the effort, so worth while.
So you’ve made your mind up. This is going to be the year that you really take it seriously. If you truly mean it this time, you shouldn’t miss this eye-opening workshop, which will bring you up to date with the latest thinking on training schedules, and techniques. Find out how to keep it fresh. Discover the secret recipes that will leave you training smarter, maximising the effect of your efforts, peaking at the right time and avoiding injury.
Effective Video Analysis
These days we all have the opportunity to use video to help improve our climbing. Whether you use your mobile phone, iphone, pocket camera or camcorder, find out how a few simple tricks and techniques can help you find out where you are going wrong and what the solution might be. Aimed at everyday climbers not coaches, this is an absolutely fascinating workshop for anyone who wants to use modern technology to help improve their climbing.
Get Out of Jail Free
A brief insight into the techniques and approaches you can use to get yourself out of trouble on the crag. If you are in any doubt about what you would do in the even of an emergency this is the one for you. This is an invaluable workshop that provides climbers with the tools they need to get out of trouble in the event of an unexpected accident or incident.
Learn how the pros rack their gear and find out what they carry and why . Discover how to adapt your racking strategies to suit specific rock types and different challenges. Find out what a difference clear, well thought out preparation can have on your climbing.
If you want to know your maxi cam from your micronut and get all the latest beta on what to take, this is the workshop for you
Big Wall Climbing
Ever considered taking a leap into the world of Big Wall Climbing. This practical, specialist worskhop will help you find out where to go, learn what you’ll need to take with you and understand exactly what skills you’ll need to acquire before you set off.
This is the workshop all Big Wall climbers wish they'd been on!
Big Mountain Routes – Climbing Slicker
A practical workshop to help you move faster and more efficiently on big, mutli pitch routes. Learn how to manage your ropework and changeovers effectively to maximise efficiency and get you moving quicker up those mountain crags.
There is so much more to the Alps than staggering up a snowy ridge for hours on end. The Alps can offer a rich, easily accessible and vastly rewarding playground for the dedicated rock climber. Find out where to go, how to prepare and exactly what to expect in this enlightening session.
Real World First Aid
Let’s face it, when an accident happens you just have to deal with it. Using whatever you have with you. That’s exactly what this session covers. Delivered by real climbers, dealing with real climbing situations, if you have little or no first aid knowledge, or you've ever wondered what to do when you are stuck at the bottom of a sea cliff with an injured partner and your first aid kit and phone still in your rucsac at the top, this is an absolute must for you.
If you’ve had a strict trad-climbing upbringing, this is your chance to find out what life is like on the other side as you enjoy an insight into the world of sport climbing. Learn where to go, what you’ll need and how to use it this brief conversion course.
Belays and Anchors
Ideal for those moving up to leading. This is a chance to focus on building safe and effective belays and anchors. Find out what you should do and perhaps more importantly what you should never do and why.
Watch and learn as gear manufacturers destroy perfectly good climbing gear in front of your very eyes. Testing gear in a variety of ways, You’ll learn how dramatic an effect day to day wear and tear can have on equipment and you'll discover how to spot potentially life threatening weaknesses in your climbing gear before they become a problem.