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Choosing an outdoor course provider

There are a number of outdoor course providers – how do you know which ones to choose? First, think about your needs. Most people want either guiding, instruction or coaching.

  • Guiding - a professional takes you out for the day and lead you up a route.
  • Instruction – a professional teaches you safety skills so that you can eventually climb unsupervised. We recommend using someone with a professional qualification (see below).
  • Coaching – a professional will work with you to develop specific aspects of your climbing (eg technique, training, psychology). Coaching is not safety instruction, so the climber should already be able to climb independently.
     

The Mountain Training Associations (www.mountain-training.org) issue the national qualifications for climbing instruction and guiding. Below is a summary of the qualifications and what they entitle the award holder to do to help you choose someone with the appropriate level.

  • Walking Group Leader (WGL): can lead groups in non-mountainous terrain
  • Mountain Leader (Summer): can lead hillwalking groups in summer conditions
  • Climbing Wall Award (CWA): can supervise climbers on climbing walls. The Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) is a further module that enables holders to teach lead climbing indoors.
  • Single Pitch Award (SPA): can supervise climbers on single pitch crags and climbing walls
  • Mountain Leader (Winter): can lead hillwalking groups in winter conditions
  • Mountain Instructor Award/Certificate (MIA/C): can instruct all aspects of mountaineering and climbing
  • British Mountain Guide (BMG): An international award that allows guides to operate internationally

Selected outdoor course providers advertise on the designated notice board next to the Featured Bouldering Wall upstairs.

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Garden Volunteers

Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?

• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange!
• Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch.
• Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.

For more information, please take a look at our Garden page

Get in touch  garden@castle-climbing.co.uk or pop in the centre if you are interested.

 

 

 

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