Fundamentals of Climbing

If you are just starting, or haven’t climbed for a while and need a boost to help get you back into the swing of things, then this course is for you.  We cover some of the essential aspects of climbing to help ensure you get the most out of your sessions.  

Fundamentals Course

90 or €60 with any prepaid membership
  • Small groups of 6 climbers
  • 3 week course, for 1 hour each week
  • Week 1 Movement, Balance, Route Reading & Hold Types
  • Week 2 Footwork & Slabs
  • Week 3 Dynos & Steep Stuff
  • Includes entry to the gym and you can keep climbing afterwards
  • Includes shoe rental


What’s covered

Week 1
Movement,  Balance, Route Reading & Hold Types

Climbing basically involves moving from one secure position to another secure position and not falling off in between. The in-between bit is where you need to be in balance and make sure that your centre of gravity is over your feet and moving in the correct direction. It might be basic, but it’s the foundation of good climbing technique.  Of course, there’s no point trying to get to the next hold if you’re not sure how to hold it! Is it best to hold something as a pinch, gaston, undercut, guppy or two finger pocket? All will be revealed by our coaches.

Week 2
Footwork & Slabs

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, slabs are a crucial part of climbing. From gently placing your foot on the tiniest smear to balancing your way up the wall, slabs can be the most beautiful or the most frustrating climbs. Our expert coaches will teach you how to dance up the walls as graceful as a gazelle.

Week 3
Dyno’s & Steep Stuff

Explosive power, timing, balance and precision – that’s the essence of good dynamic movement. Climbing dynamically is crucial if you want to improve your climbing, it’s great fun, and makes for some pretty epic videos. We’ll also get down and dirty with the steepest sections of the Wall. It’s all about dropping your knees, keeping the tension and fighting the urge to cut loose. Learn all about strategic toe and heel hooks.