ROCK CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR

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BITS AND BOBS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

This is a page full of helpful information to support you to gain your Rock Climbing Instructor Award. Do pop back regularly as I will add new information and interesting links that I find. 

ANCHORS

 

When building an anchor always try to belay where you can see your 2nd. When building anchors, "big is best", unless it's a huge non-moving block, then a minimum of 2 pieces of gear must be used to construct an anchor.

 

Use the principle of  IDEAS to build an anchor:

 

INDEPENDENT

if one fails, it won't shock load the other parts of the system.

DIRECTION

of the climber

EQUALIZED

tension on all strands of the sling or rope

ANGLE

ideally 60' but max 90'

SOLID

solid gear, solid rock and screwgates

Check and double check before you commit anyone to a system.

Ensure you consider how to inform/teach people how to abseil/belay etc efficiently.

 

Use a simple principle like IDEAS

Introduce

Demonstrate

Explain

Activity

Summarise

 

Think about how you do it and then create a simple set of instructions for a beginner to follow .

GEAR

PLACEMENTS

Nuts, Cams, Torques, Offsets, Stakes?

Some thoughts on what to use and where!

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE

EQUIPMENT

A good overview of our responsibilities regarding PPE, fast forward the bits that aren't of interest!

GROUP BELAY SYSTEMS

When creating a group system, always try to bring the rigging rope to 2 strands using the overhand knot or sling to do this (left), which are then easier to tension for a top rope, bottom rope or group abseil. Also, the “bunny ears” knot can then be used effectively in a top rope (right) and group abseil (far right). Keep every system simple.

 

Ensure you protect yourself appropriately when working near an edge.

SOME USEFUL KNOTS AND TIPS!

EXPERIENCE

The more people you can observe/work with, the more "tools" you will have for working with a wide range of people. Again, when you go climbing (indoors or outdoors) think about how you're moving and why and how can you impart that skill. 

Try to manage sessions in a fun and engaging manner.

 

Remember, as a Rock Climbing Instructor, it’s not just about bottom roping and abseiling.

ADVICE

​I've written a number articles about the assessment process along with a few folk who have completed the Rock Climbing Instructor award with me. Follow this link to read them .....listed under 'Get Qualified'

BALANCE

Vertical posture is the only one that is naturally balanced and when the body is vertical, gravity forces your weight, straight down onto your feet which is best for maximum contact

Keep arms at shoulder height to keep you in balance, (this will change on steeper rock) and therefore you will have to take smaller steps which are more efficient than large strides

Keeping your weight over your foot creates a ‘base of support’

FOOT

WORK

People don’t trust their feet! Allow folk to explore the different parts of the foot that can be used for example

  • the inside edge

  • the outside edge

  • the toes

SUGGESTED READING

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ROCK CLIMBING

This is the official handbook of 'the MCI, RCI, Climbing Wall and Climbing Wall Leading Award Schemes'. 

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ROCK CLIMBING FOR INSTRUCTORS

Written for both climbers starting out on their instructing career.and also for climbers wanting to improve their skills and experience of climbing and instructing. 

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CLIIMBING GAMES

Challenge and train your hands, feet, body and brain with over 120 climbing games. This book is for anyone wanting to have fun climbing while developing crucial skills.

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MOUNTAIN SKILLS TRAINING

Designed for instructors and climbing enthusiasts, the techniques, methods, and tips described and illustrated here have derived from the authors' own experience.

This is the first complete field guide for the mountains of Snowdonia through the seasons, its plants, animals and rocks. 

Over 300 top tips and handy hints full of ideas to help the instructor present a professional coaching session and to help clients get the most out of their time.

A book for every climber (from beginner to expert) keen to improve their climbing

This book explains to the hillwalker, in easy to understand but accurate terms, how geology has shaped the landscape of Snowdonia. 

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USEFUL APPS

BMC RAD

The Regional Access Database (RAD) is the online service from The BMC allowing you to find the latest access advice for crags in England and Wales.

MET OFFICE

Met Office weather app, with the latest daily weather forecasts and UK National Severe Weather Warnings.

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OS LOCATE

Ordnance Survey Explorer Locate gives you a grid reference of your location

IGEOLOGY

iGeology is a free smartphone app that lets you take over 500 geological maps of Britain wherever you go to discover the landscape beneath your feet.

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BRITISH MOUNTAINEERING COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS

A leaflet for the benefit of all owners and occupiers of land used by climbers on which there are cliffs, crags, quarries or outcrops which might be suitable for rock climbing ​

(Disability Awareness in Rock Climbing)​

This useful booklet contains information about climbing with people with a wide range of disabilities.

BMC's New Rock Climbers booklet - your FREE guide to heading outside for the first time - or refresher for the more experienced.​

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The BMC has published its new Green Guide to the Uplands; a good practice guide for walkers, climbers and mountaineers.

This guide sets out what climbing, hill walking and mountaineering involve in order to help parents gain a better understanding of these activities.

An essential reference for anyone owning or using moutaineering and climbing equipment

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MOUNTAIN TRAINING

 PUBLICATIONS

ROCK CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR SKILLS

Rock Climbing Instructor Skills checklist

A set of guidelines which is useful for anyone with a responsibility for climbing, walking and mountaineering related activities

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