What is Classic Rock?

Ken Wilson’s Classic Rock is one of the most popular and iconic works of climbing literature ever written. Here’s your chance to climb some of the classics for yourself, right in the heart of the Lake District!

This experience is delivered by some of the best instructors in the industry, Lake District locals, who know all the hidden spots and best locations. Our instructors are members of professional associations like the AMI or IFMGA, meaning they are at the cutting edge of climbing developments and can adapt the course to fit the participants objectives.

Time to take on a new adventure and use the ability you have built indoors in a natural environment! Outdoor “traditional” climbing gives us the chance to experience climbing in a new way, adding a wider set of skills to the purely physical. If you are looking for a personal development goal for this year, what could be finer than accomplishing your first Multi-Pitch climbs in the heart of the stunning Lake District.

We offer the highest level of instruction available with Lake District born and bred British
Mountain Guide, Andy Owen. With over 35 years of climbing, leading, coaching and guiding
in most of the major mountain ranges on the planet, this is a chance to learn from a lifetime
of experience.

Time to take on a new adventure and use the ability you have built indoors in a natural
environment. Outdoor “traditional” climbing gives us the chance to experience climbing in a
new way, adding a wider set of skills to the purely physical. If you are looking for a personal
development goal for this year, what could be finer than accomplishing your first naturally
protected lead climb in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Learn to use the physical and
mental tools of climbing to propel yourself into new terrain and on great adventures.

Pre-requisites

If you have been bouldering regularly up to V2 or top rope/auto belay at 6b, or have
previous experience outdoors top roping or seconding HVS then you have the skills to join
this course.

Itinerary


Day 1:
Tick some local classics, build skills and set goals.

Movement skills coaching on real rock, focusing on the major differences between indoor
and outdoor climbing style, risks, hazards and strategies for minimising them. We have a
wide range of locations available offering different rock types, grades and heights.
Once we have established good movement protocols we will look at belaying, the use of climbing protection equipment, learning to place and judge nuts, hex`s, cam`s and slings.

Day 2:
Time to hit the crag and enjoy some Lake District rock and learn to use, choose and evaluate climbing protection.

We will move into a multi pitch environment and use our knowledge of climbing equipment to establish reliable anchors. We will simulate lead climbing using a top rope whilst skills are being aquired and tested and cover stance management, rope management and basic rescue systems. We will also look at reading a route, looking for protection, rests and identifying hazards.

Day 3:
Try out your new skills!

Time to choose routes of the right level of difficulty and length for you to put your new skills to good use. The instructor will be close by to provide support and advice at all points of the climb. 

Need more information?

Just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you. Email [email protected]