Aid Climbing and Big Wall Techniques Course

Changing Corners, El Capitan

Aid Climbing and Big Wall Techniques Course Overview

Have you ever dreamt of climbing a route on El Capitan or Half Dome? From the outside, it can seem like a very daunting and slow exercise that is verging on masochistic. However, climbing a big wall has all the ingredients for an unforgettable adventure that will test your character and friendships and ultimately leave you wanting more. This course is aimed at experienced climbers who aspire to climb Big Walls. We aim to cover and practice a variety of techniques that will help you become faster and more efficient on that trip of a lifetime.

What’s covered on an Aid Climbing and Big Wall Techniques Course?

Dealing with cluttered belays, aid climbing, lower-outs, jugging up ropes, hauling food and water, as well as dealing with weather and logistics can be daunting, but the best way to cope with all of these things is to plan ahead, practice the techniques and keep things simple and well organised. Our Aid Climbing and Big Wall techniques course aims to help you prepare for and deal with all of the above.

The course content will be tailored to your requirements but we would typically aim to cover basic aid climbing technique (leading and following on a variety of terrain), lower outs, hauling and belay management, as well as abseiling with the haul bag, and big wall strategy. The venues that we use will depend on the weather and their suitability for the techniques that we are practising. However, all the crags that we visit will be relatively accessible so that the maximum time can be spent practising techniques rather than walking with a really heavy bag. We may also use indoor climbing walls.

How many can participate?

This course works well on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis (instructor to participant) and can be booked from one to three days in duration.

How much will it cost?

*Our pricing structure is based on a 1:1 ratio, with an additional fee of £20 per day for all extra participants: £180 for one day, £170 per day for two days, or £160 per day for three days. For more details, please see our pricing structure.

How to book?

Use the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with all of the details. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please send us a message and we’ll be in touch.

What equipment will I need?

The following list covers all of the essential equipment that you will require for your course. If you have any questions about any of the items listed here or are missing something, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist you further.

*As this is a more advanced course for experienced climbers you may already have your own harness, helmet, and hardware. We will be happy for you to use it so long as it is suitable. Although not essential, you may also want to bring any big walling equipment that you have including etriers, ascenders, a grigri and wall hauling devices such as a mini or pro-traction.

  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Climbing shoes
  • Belay device
  • HMS carabiner
  • Warm layers (i.e. fleece)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Approach shoes/walking boots
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack (40-50 ltr)
  • Packed Lunch
  • Hot/cold drink


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