• duration:
    2 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £110 PP

course info

The Rock Skills course is your key to getting started in the world of climbing! No previous experience of climbing is required to attend a Rock Skills Introduction course because the content of the course is aimed at complete beginners. If you do have some experience of climbing but aren’t confident about using the equipment required, finding the crags, locating the routes you want to do and how to stay safe on the crag then a Rock Skills Introduction course is an ideal way to learn. We have a list below of skills that we can teach you over the two days and this will all be dependent on ability and comfort levels. Our main priority is getting you climbing and ensuring you come away with solid skills that will ensure a good progression into climbing.

What can the Rock Skills Introduction course cover?
  • Background and Planning. An awareness of the types of places you can climb in the UK and Ireland, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette and the work of the mountaineering councils.
  • Climbing Skills. Fundamental movement skills and climbing styles.
  • Footwear and Equipment. Footwear and equipment selection and how to use the kit you choose.
  • Technical Skills. Tying into a harness, belaying, spotting and how to abseil. Environmental Knowledge. The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations for climbers.
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures. Identifying hazards, managing risk, understanding common injuries, how to get help and the role of Mountain Rescue and associated emergency services.
Registration with Mountain Training

You can join this course without registering with Mountain Training UK if you are happy to gain the experience of the course without the certificate of attendance, logbook and handbook. The registration is quick, easy and amazingly good value though. You can join our course in Wales whether you are registered with Mountain Training in England, Wales or Scotland. 
Click Here To Register With Mountain Training.

• BMC rock climbing booklet
• A certificate of attendance for completing either course
• Lifetime use of our digital logbook (DLOG) for recording all mountain related activities


Why use the Mountaineering Company.

My main aim is to enable you to learn the skills you need in a fun and engaging environment. I purposely keep groups sizes small to ensure maximum learning so that myself or our instructors can focus more on you and what you need. I do on occasion bring in one of my friends to instruct or run session for me. All of my friends are qualified instructors with years of experience and hold the relevant qualifications, first aid and insurance for the course they will be leading. 


All climbing equipment is included in this session at no extra cost. We supply helmets, harnesses and belay devices and will show you how to fit and use all the equipment safely.

course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.

Private Instruction

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Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

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