• Personal movement skills

  • Rope handling and knots

  • Guidebook interpretation

  • Route finding and route choice

  • Setting up top rope systems

  • The selection and correct use of technical climbing equipment

  • Placement of gear

  • Building belays

  • Safe and efficient belaying

  • Slick and efficient rope management

  • Safe abseil techniques

The Summit Mountain Skills Introduction to Rock Climbing course is aimed at amateur climbers or scramblers who wish to develop the skills to safely rock climb. Our courses aim to be delivered in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, allowing you to learn the skills required at ease.

Such courses are based in the peak district, providing access to some of the UK’s finest single pitch climbing crags (such as the Roaches and Stanage Edge).

A detailed equipment list will be sent out after booking.  Helmets and harnesses are provided if required.


Over the two day course, we aim to provide you with the skills required to allow you to climb safely and confidently.

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About Summit Mountain Skills

To learn about Summit Mountain Skills, you have to understand that my love for the outdoors started when I was just 7 years old. My father and I walked the Pennine way together and I instantly became hooked.

Over 40 years, my adventures have taken me all over the world with climbing and mountaineering trips across the UK, the Alps and the beautiful Himalayas.

I am a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor. Such qualifications allow me to work all year, both in the summer (where I work in North Wales and the Peak District) and the winter (where I move to Scotland due to the scenic views). I take pride in transferring the skills I have developed over the years to other individuals, and watching their confidence and skills grow.

My work consists of introductory mountaineering courses right through to training and assessing Mountain Leaders; I also take pride in leading overseas trips. In addition to providing instruction at Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre – I have delivered Winter Safety lectures for the BMC and worked for Jagged Globe on rock and scrambling courses across the UK. I am also a course director for Mountain Training Wales, leading qualification courses for the organisation in the summer and winter.

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