• duration:
    1 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £60 PP

course info

Our Rock Climbing Taster is ideal for people looking to climb outdoors for the first time or start their journey to becoming a climber. It’s a great opportunity to get on some real rock and the Peak district has some of the best climbing in the country. During the day our qualified Rock Climbing Instructor will guide you through all the basics you need to get going and will coach you on movement throughout the session.

Our Instructors.

Our instructors are the main reason why people keep coming back. All of our staff are highly experienced and super enthusiastic climbers who spend most of their time outdoors. All of our staff hold the Rock Climbing Instructor qualification as a minimum but their experience and enthusiasm is what sets them apart from the rest.


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

Fear of heights.

The majority of people who join these sessions will have a fear of heights. The good news is we have lots of experience at dealing with fears of all levels and can coach you to ensure you get more confident and comfortable climbing at height. Our group sizes are kept small which ensures we can give you plenty of coaching and more personal instruction throughout the day.

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.

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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.

Polly Hornby

This course is designed for beginners or people with some indoor climbing experience and want to try climbing outside. you don’t need any previous experience and coaching is provided throughout the day

Most people have a fear of heights but with a structured approach we can slowly increase you comfort zone and help you get the most out of the course. If your worried why not get in touch and I can discuss it with you!

I provide all climbing equipment like harness, helmet and any technical gear. A kit list of appropriate clothing will be sent to you when you make a booking

Feel free to bring any of your own equipment, all climbing gear will be checked before we begin to ensure it meets our safety standard.

To ensure you get the most out of the day I will only have four people per instructor as this ensures a safe and enjoyable learning experience. 

All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

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