Sport or trad climbing

Sport or trad?

That is the question!

Sport climbing is the act of climbing single or multi pitch routes, protected by fixed bolts permanently drilled into the rock face. As you climb you’ll clip into the bolts as you go. We could also call this outdoor Lead Climbing

Trad climbing (Traditional climbing) is the act of placing your own temporary protection gear into cracks in the rock face. Learning how to place gear correctly can be described as a fine art!

Both are an exhilarating step up from outdoor top-roping as you’ll be clipping your rope as you go

what to expect

Duration  2-5 days

Min/Max participants  2/4

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  • Peak District
  • Portland & Swanage
  • Pembrokeshire
  • North or South Devon
  • Snowdonia
  • Lake District
  • Scotland

Requirements Must be frequently indoor leading at a 6a level or above

Cost Please enquire for course cost. Our sport or trad courses are entirely bespoke

On this course you will learn 

  • Overview of outdoor gear and how to use it
  • Clipping techniques (Sport)
  • How to place gear and build anchors (Trad)
  • Outdoor climbing safety and hazard management
  • Route climbing strategies
  • How to find climbing sites around the UK using books and online guides
  • How to ‘rack up’
  • Selecting routes and grading
  • Belaying for sport/trad


All the gear (Depending on the course you may be required to bring your own climbing shoes)

Professionally guided fun sessions led by Rock Climbing Development Instructor

Photo of you looking awesome in your climbing gear

Access to the Adventuress Climbers Whatsapp group and socials

Not included

Transport to and from location

Accommodation (Can be arranged for extra cost)

"this course gave me the confidence to start climbing outdoors with friends"

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