Level 1 Bouldering
This course is designed for both new climbers and those who have some experience but feel that they might be missing a few of the basics to be able to continue their progression. Level 1 Bouldering will help you avoid many of the pitfalls that hinder progress and will give you the knowledge and technique to train and climb effectively.
The cost of the course includes a 30 day unlimited use pass worth £45
Each of the three 1½ hour sessions is designed to address different aspects:
Week 1 - Back to Basics
Essential climbing skills and an introduction to the principles of training: types of holds and how to hold them, footwork (inside and outside edges, foot placement, foot swaps, smearing), body position, efficient movement, balance, stability triangles, warming up, warming down, stretching.
Week 2 - Problems and Solutions
Exploring personal strengths and weaknesses and using problem setting and solving as a tool for development. An introduction to dynamics, transition of weight, a more detailed study of foot placement, and steep ground.
Week 3 - Consolidation
Advanced footwork (toe/heel hooks, flagging), understanding momentum. Learning to structure sessions in terms of your activity and recovery balance. Putting things into context and looking to the outdoors for inspiration.
Availablity - Choose from the list opposite
Three consecutive Sundays - please check times when booking
Three consecutive Thursdays, 8-9.30pm
Well designed course. Changing the instructions was beneficial in that you got multiple perspectives of climbing (they are all quite different) and you really get to learn and work on your technique as the course progresses. The small downsides are that you sometimes cover aspects adequately covered by other instructors as well as getting the new instructor up to speed on your groups ability.
25th January 2015
Excellent course. We had two different instructors over the 3 weeks. Both really knowledgeable and helpful and tailored the course to each student's level.
24th January 2015
Very enjoyable and I learnt a lot. Mihal was an excellent instructor
22nd January 2015
The teacher who usually teaches this course was on paternity leave at the time - in my opinion the participants would have benefitted from the course being rescheduled until the actual teacher was available again as the instructors who filled in for him in the 1st and 3rd week of the course were not even remotely as useful as the actual instructor who taught us during the 2nd week and whose instruction was incredibly beneficial to me. Week 1 & 3 made me feel completely incompetent and destroyed any confidence I had in my climbing abilities and I haven't returned since.
14th December 2014
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Good course, learnt a lot. Clear instruction.
Could probably do with starting a bit earlier, say half and hour.
28th November 2014
I thought the course went really well and enjoyed it.
The one change I would make is to have it start at 19:30. That way when it finishes you have 30 minutes to work on some of the stuff you have just covered, rather than having to leave straight away
27th November 2014
Enjoyed breaking things right down to the fundamentals.
31st October 2014
Great course. Wish I had done it years ago. Has already made a huge difference to my climbing.
5th October 2014
It was great to have a different instructor every week, as you get a different view point from each and learn new things. For a beginners course i thought it was really good.
1st October 2014
I thought it was a really great beginners course. I haven't ever bouldered before and some of it is intuitive, however the guided sessions really do teach you some great skills which are incredibly useful. There was a wall I couldn't climb in my first week and in my third week I was able to figure it out, not because I was stronger, but because I was strategically more skilled.
31st August 2014