Harrogate Climbing Centre has a climbing course for everyone, whether you are completely new to the sport or want to develop your climbing technique and push your grade.
If you’ve not climbed before, come along for a Taster Session and we’ll show you the ropes! If you’re looking to get into climbing regularly, our Beginners Climbing Course will give you the skills to climb safely in the centre.
Once you’ve mastered the basics it doesn’t stop there, we can progress your climbing through a range of carefully developed climbing skills courses and climbing coaching. We can also help you venture into the great outdoors on one of our outdoor climbing courses.
Never been climbing but fancy having a go?
During this one-hour climbing lesson, one of our fully qualified instructors will take you climbing, covering the basics and getting in as much action as possible. All the relevant equipment and entry to the wall is included.
Beginners Climbing Course
If you’re keen to learn to climb at Harrogate Climbing Centre, our beginners climbing course is for you!
This climbing course consists of three, two-hour long sessions and covers all you need to learn to climb unsupervised on top roped lines in the centre.
The beginners climbing course covers elements such as:
- Knots and rope-work
- Correct use of equipment
- Climbing technique
The beginners’ climbing course is run over three concurrent weeks, at the same time each week. For details of our beginners’ climbing course times and availability please see our bookings page.
Climb Skills builds on all the safety and technique knowledge taught in the Beginners’ Climbing Course, but focuses entirely on your climbing technique.
Running in the same three-session format as the Beginners’ Course, Climb Skills teaches a host of practical technique and movement skills including:
- Correct use of climbing holds
- Body positioning & specific movement techniques
- Advanced movement techniques
- Climbing efficiently
The Climb Skills Course costs £90.00
Intro to Lead
Once you are top-roping comfortably at a grade 5+ and upwards, and competent at the basic safety requirement of climbing, you should consider learning to lead climb.
Whilst it may seem daunting at first, climbing between quickdraws on the wall, clipping your own rope as you go, our Intro to Lead climb course teaches you all the skills you need to be a safe lead climber and belayer.
This course will cover the basics of :
- Clipping safely
- Lead belaying
- and developing climbing technique….
Lead Skills builds on our already popular Intro to Lead climbing course, but fulfilling the same function as Climb Skills, to teach the more advanced skills and techniques which will allow you to progress faster and develop better technique from the outset.
Running over two sessions, the course consolidates your learning ensuring you leave with genuinely usable lead climbing skills and techniques you will apply each and every time you get on the wall.
- Efficient lead climbing
- Advanced clipping technique, to save energy
- Body positioning
- Advanced lead climbing technique
The cost of this course is £100 for two people or £150 for three.
Under 18′s may attend this course alongside an adult climber.
Training for Climbing
All our coaching courses, sessions & plans have been developed in conjunction with Our Head Coach Ian Dunn and Group Managing Director John Dunne.
John is an internationally renowned climber and has established many world-class new routes over the last 25 years, including the first route to be graded 8b in Britain, Magnetic Fields at Malham Cove and the hardest route on gritstone at the time, New Statesman E8, 7a at Ilkley, Yorkshire, in 1987. He was instrumental in bringing competition climbing to the UK in the late 1980s and has maintained a keen involvement in the development of competitions & structured training ever since.
Climbing for over 35 years, Ian has experience of all climbing disciplines. With over 100 first ascents to his name in the UK, he has also climbed throughout Europe and in the USA. He has participated in and won competitions and considers climbing Revelations 8b at Ravens Tor to be his hardest route. Ian first climbed 8a back in 1989. Ian has a long history of high level coaching and has been the Coach of the TeamGB Juniors for the last 7 years.
Our Coaching & Training Plans
1:1 Climbing Coaching
1:1 Climbing coaching is an ideal way to make significant improvements in your climbing. Whether you’ve hit your first plateau, you’re looking to break into a new grade or you’re training for national finals, your coach will help you make the necessary improvements and adjustments to your training for you to make that next step.
Following an initial assessment your climbing coach will identify areas within your climbing that could be improved, will work with you to create challenging yet realistic climbing goals and help you develop the skills and training concepts that you will need to achieve them.
Four Week Personal Training Plans
As an addition to a 1:1 coaching session, our climbing coaches can produce a tailored four week plan for you to follow in your own training time. Your personal climbing training plan will detail what you need to do each week in order to progress to the next climbing grade, whilst also addressing any technique, fitness or other issues that are hampering your progress.
Outdoor Climbing Courses
The Climbing Centre Group climbing centres offer outdoor climbing courses at some of the best outdoor climbing venues the UK has to offer.
Outdoor Climbing Taster
If you’ve climbed on indoor climbing walls or haven’t climbed before and you want to experience outdoor climbing, book onto one of our Outdoor Climbing Taster courses and let one of our qualified instructors give you the confidence you need to safely enjoy the experience.
Run as a day long session, we will take you climbing on one of a variety of local crags, where you will be given the chance to fully appreciate what it is like to climb outdoors.
On this course the instructor will deal with all the equipment and rigging leaving you free to concentrate on climbing on a new and challenging medium. All equipment is provided, but you are welcome to use your own harnesses and climbing shoes.
Kids’ Outdoor Day
These fully supervised outdoor climbing days will be ideal for any youngsters wanting to climb in the great outdoors. There is no pre-requisite to come along to these days, as they are focused on having lots of fun.
Kids’ Club Outdoor Climbing Days
If you’ve been coming along to our NICAS kids club for a while and would like to expand on your climbing experience and try a different medium, then our “Outdoor Climbing Club Day” courses are the thing for you. Our fully qualified instructors will be on hand to help build and give you the confidence to get the most out of your day.
On this course the instructor will deal with all the equipment and rigging leaving you free to concentrate on climbing outdoors on real rock. There may also be the opportunity to complete an abseil and have a go at bouldering. All equipment is provided, but you are welcome to use your own harnesses and climbing shoes.
Family Outdoor Climbing Day
Bring the whole family to have a go at climbing in the great outdoors! These sessions depend on a parent or guardian accompanying children, and taking part in the climbing!
The Family Crag Day is run much like the Resin to Rock course, with the focus on getting you climbing as much as possible.
All climbers over the age of 7 are welcome!
Outdoor Bouldering Day
Thinking of trying bouldering outdoors but not sure where to go? Or are you a regular outdoor boulderer who would like a sociable, fun day out with some like minded people?
If so why not join us on one of our Outdoor Bouldering Days.