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Coaching Courses

theFreeClimber can help with with a wide range of climbing coaching and assistance, including:

Uniquely tailored opportunities for maximum benefit

Coaching in the Peak District - Take your Climbing to the Next Level

Sun Rock Coaching - You Decide Where!

Expedition Planning - Advice & Assistance

Climbing Sessions & Masterclass

Hone your Skills courses

Inside Out: Moving from wall to rock

Sport Climbing Focus Weekend

Peak Bouldering Day: Flowing on rock - with optional evening slideshow!

Courses for special occasions: Have fun & improve your climbing!

Classic Peak District Rock Tour: Trad Plus

Pinnacles and/or Chimneys of the Peak

How to Book:

We have individual and group booking forms as well as detailed itineraries and equipment lists, so please contact us for more information. To complete the booking we ask for a 75 deposit. If you can't see exactly what you want here, please submit a query including your name and contact details.

Discounts are available for Student clubs and repeat bookings.

Coaching in the Peak District - Take your Climbing to the Next Level

 

 

We offer climbing coaching for individuals and groups of two in the Peak District, whether you are seeking help with Wall to Rock transfer, or to improve in your chosen area, we can help.

Dates are available on request, midweek and weekend. What ever your ambitions, our experience will be able to help you achieve them more quickly. Click here to see recommendations. A full day out starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm.

Cost:

No. in Group
Price/Person/Day
Price/Group/Day
1
150
150
2
85
170
3
65
195
4
60
240
5
55
275
6
50
300

 

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Sun Rock Coaching - You Decide Where!

 

 

Holiday courses from long weekends to multi-week adventures are possible on demand. We are happy to hear your ideas of where you would like to go and what aspects of your climbing you would like assitance with. In order to climb in the sun long weekends are possible, with availability through November 2008. Overseas locations are possible throughout the winter.

We have climbed in many exotic locations around the world including over 50 European sport crags, so can find the right venue for your goals or needs. Between us we have led 7 expeditions to Asia, South America and Africa, with a very high success rate of new exploratory lines or peaks achieved. Additionally there are a great many fantastic sport climbing locations around the globe. If you can cover our travel and living expenses and pay £100/coach/day, we could help you get the very most out of your trip.

Sample Locations: Spain, Thailand, Sardinia, Venezuela, Sinai and more.

Cost: £100/coach/day + travel etc.
Group size up to 4 per coach

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Expedition Planning: Advice & Assistance

 

 

We are experienced expedition planners in Alpine, desert and tropical environments, and as individuals have fulfilled professional support roles within many international organisations. We know all about grant funding options, working to timelines in high pressure situations, as well continuing to be effective in difficult circumstances, or harsh environments, or both.

If you think you could use assistance with planning an expedition, please contact us or just call to discuss your needs. If we can't help you we know someone who can!

What can be offered:

  • Feasibility study
  • Planning advice and contacts
  • Logistics support including equipment and staffing
  • Accompaniment & climbing advice

Cost: Individual quotes available. Please submit a query.

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Climbing Sessions & Masterclass

 

 

For individuals or club members who really want to improve their climbing and realise that training and technique advice can seriously speed up the process. The masterclasses can take place either indoors or on the crag (Individual and group rates available, up to 6 climbers per coach). They can be structured into progressive day or weekend sessions for those who would like to be armed with the best possible skills to improve.

Cost:

1:1 - £25/person/hour

Half-day (up to 4 hours):

No. in Group
Price/Person
Price/Group
1
80
80
2
45
90
3
33
100
4
30
120
5
24
120
6
20
120

- Individuals: £75, Groups: £35/person (minimum 2)

Full day:

No. in Group
Price/Person
Price/Group
1
150
150
2
85
170
3
60
180
4
57
200
5
40
200
6
34
200

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Inside Out: Moving from wall to rock

 

 

We aim to get you climbing confidently and precisely outdoors on at least two types of rock. Essential skills such as rope work and belaying will be covered, allowing you to proceed at your own pace. And of course you'll have fun in the process!

You will cover Use of knots, harnesses, ropes, tying in, building basic belays, belaying, holding falls, lowering, route choice and guidebook use, communication, movement coaching and climbing, becoming a competent 'second' and the differences between indoors and outdoors.

Cost: Per day:

No. in Group
Price/Person
Price/Group
1
150
150
2
85
170
3
60
180
4
57
200

When: Please request dates

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Sport Climbing Focus Weekend

 

 

This two day course, maximum ratio 1:3, provides another great introduction to climbing outside. It is based in the Peak and gives an introduction to single pitch sport climbing (bolted protection). We can also run this day as a masterclass so if you would like to redpoint your first 8a we can help too!

If you are an individual please see climbing sessions & masterclass.

Cost (weekend): £175/person

Who for: Indoor Lead Climbing at Fr 5 or above

Locations: Sportclimbing crags in the Peak or Yorkshire, depending on your level. We can assist with finding accommodation for you if required. Lunch is provided.

When: Please request dates

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Peak Bouldering Day: Flowing on rock - with optional evening slideshow!

 

 

There are many fantastic bouldering options in the Peak District from slab gems to crimpy walls, arêtes and roofs. After meeting in a Peak café at 9.30am we spend a full day bouldering in at least two different areas, finishing at about 4:30pm. Maximum ratio 1:5.

You would have the chance to try a wide range of movement skills on a mixture of problems using the friction and improving balance and timing throughout the day. Flexibility is key so we can make the most of the weather and find the best problems for everyone. Bouldering offers the opportunity for us to really help you perfect movement skills with the use of video, info on bouldering tactics and how to increase technique repertoire - all skills are easily transferable to climbing routes. A short slideshow about one of our expeditions is available in the evening if you have nothing to rush back for. You should have done some bouldering before to come on this day.

 Cost:

No. in Group
Price/Person/Day
Price/Group/Day
1
150
150
2
85
170
3
65
195
4
60
240
5
55
275
6
50
300

Who for:

Those who want to boulder or improve their climbing through bouldering. You have bouldered before and are leading or seconding at Fr 5 or above. Not sure? Just ask us!

What is included:

•  Focus on improving your technique which can easily be applied to climbing routes

•  Strengths and weakness questionnaire and practical suggestions on how to improve, as well as demonstrations

•  Looking at bouldering tactics, movement on a variety of angles or rock, dynamic movements and increasing your technique repertoire through a variety of climbing moves such as rock over and flagging, with the use of video to aid progress

•  Lots of bouldering because it's fun, having a great day out with other people keen to crank top problems

•  Written performance feedback as well as helpful hints on the day and coaching handouts

•  Individual debriefs

•  CD of low resolution images from the day (optional)

You will need to provide:

Transport to the crag and café meeting point, your own accommodation, your own equipment (chalk bag, boots, brush, bouldering mat and suitable clothing).

Wet weather option is the 'Climbing Works' in Sheffield - the worlds biggest bouldering wall. It is like an indoor Fontainebleau!

Dates are available on request, midweek and weekend. Generally we have greater availability mid week.

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Classic Peak District Rock Tour: Trad Plus

 

 

A trad journey of some of the best climbs around the Peak District (1:2 max.) The Peak District offers some of the finest gritstone climbing in the UK. If you are already climbing severe or above and would like to enjoy following some of the Peak's more challenging routes or leading a selection of the best easier climbs, we will give you a fantastic day to remember.

Assuming the weather is OK you will be able to climb at least two different crags at your level and experience the varied style of Peak climbs and will be given a photo CD to remember the day. This is for anyone wanting a great day out or perhaps to celebrate a special occasion. You should be able to climb at least three routes during the day either leading or being led according to your preference. If you are into limestone we can also go to Staden quarry, Harborough rocks, Beeston Tor or the charming valley of Dovedale.

Cost:

No. in Group
Price/Person/Day
Price/Group/Day
1
150
150
2
85
170

Who for: You should be able to:

•  Establish a belay and belay safely at the top of the crag using traditional protection

•  Lead climbs of Severe or above

•  Know the basics of traditional gear placement on lead, although we can help with this.

•  Be responsible for ensuring that you, and those you climb with, are safe.

What is included:

•  Strengths and weakness questionnaire

•  Written performance feedback on request as well as helpful hints during the day

•  Coaching handouts & photo CD plus evening slideshow on request

You will need to provide:

•  Transport to the crag, your own accommodation, your own climbing equipment except ropes. We can provide on request harness, helmet, belay device, lead rack. 

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Pinnacles and/or Chimneys of the Peak

 

 

A day of adventurous climbing on some of the Peak's most interesting routes from the semi-subterranean to the photogenic pointed summit. Max. 1:2.

Cost:

No. in Group
Price/Person/Day
Price/Group/Day
1
150
150
2
85
170

Why not go subterranean or at least delve into a chimney. Spread the load with four points of contact, or more, wherever possible. The efforts of grovelling and squirming up a chimney can bring unique rewards on making the top. Alternatively enjoy the maximum-exposure feeling of pinnacle climbing on a narrow column of rock to reach a pointy summit, and experience the 360 degree panorama at the top.

This type of outing is a particularly rewarding for a special occasion - birthdays, anniversaries, etc. This day can be run as part of a team challenge. Larger groups can be catered for on demand, by discussion of your requirements. Beginners groups also welcome. 

Who for? Ideally you should be able to:

•  tie in and belay

•  Climb Severe standard or above and be reasonably fit

•  Be prepared for a little discomfort and an adventurous feel to the day

What's included:

•  Suggestions on how to improve during the day

•  CD of low resolution images from the weekend (optional)

What is not included:

•  Transport to the crag or Peak café meeting point, accommodation, your own equipment.

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