Climbing is one of the biggest activity areas of OutdoorLads and is split into indoor and outdoor climbing and also indoor bouldering. Many Members who live in the cities come along to one of our indoor climbing evenings as their first event. Most Climbing Leaders begin by gaining experience at the wall before becoming an Indoor Climbing Leader before progressing to become an Outdoor Climbing Leader.

INDOOR CLIMBING

You will be able to run an Indoor Climbing evening from start to finish, including liaising with the climbing centre, making sure everyone is partnered up as well as welcoming and teaching any novices how to tie the knots and take their first steps on the walls. Many guys' first experience of OutdoorLads is on an Indoor Climbing event so you should be friendly, approachable and have good people skills as well as having the climbing knowledge. As a pre-requisite, you will need to have a minimum of six months regular indoor climbing experience and have recorded at least 30 visits to at least three different climbing walls. You will also need to have led a minimum of 15 different routes. Alternatively you will be CWA qualified.

INDOOR BOULDERING

You will be able to run an Indoor Bouldering session from start to finish, including liaising with the bouldering centre, welcoming and teaching any novices to take their first steps on the walls. You should be friendly, approachable and have good people skills as well as having the bouldering knowledge. 

OUTDOOR CLIMBING AND BOULDERING

You will be able to run Outdoor Climbing and Bouldering events from start to finish. You will need to be a rock climber with a minimum of 12 months outdoor climbing experience. You will have led a minimum of 15 climbs outdoors on routes where the protection was placed by yourself. Alternatively you will be SPA qualified. You will need to carry a first aid kit and know how to use it. First aid training can be provided by OutdoorLads free of charge to Outdoor Climbing Leaders.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO TO BE A CLIMBING LEADER?

After applying and going through any necessary training, you will need to agree a suitable date for your practical assessment with your local Climbing Organiser or your Regional Coordinator. You will then need to show that you have the necessary skills to be a good Climbing Leader; be it indoor or outdoor. On passing your assessment you will need to either lead one of our regular Indoor Climbing evenings, which are often done on leader rotas; or you will need to be a leader at some of the summer outdoor climbing events. You will also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement before gaining access to sensitive data including next-of-kin information.

Event Leader Type Description
Outdoor Climbing and Bouldering Indoor and outdoor climbing You must attend 5 more events before you can apply.
Indoor Climbing Indoor climbing You must attend 5 more events before you can apply.
Indoor Bouldering Indoor Bouldering You must attend 5 more events before you can apply.