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FUNdamentals of Climbing 1: Movement

This first workshop looks at the very basics of climbing, focusing on balance and movement and the key principles of the sport.

The main topics covered are:

  • The theory of Long Term Participant Development (LTPD) that underpins coaching
  • The differences between calendar age and training age and differences in boys' and girls' physical and emotional development 
  • The key principles of agility, balance and coordination
  • What is centre of gravity and weight transfer?
  • Economy of movement
  • Different footholds and handholds and their specific uses
  • Warming-up techniques and some basic climbing games

Download Workshop Outline here

Photo by Alan Halewood

For queries about public workshops, please contact Kevin Howett on kev@mountaineering.scot.

For Glenmore Lodge workshops see their website for further details.

A new series of workshops is being planned for April – August 2020. Come back soon!

Event date
Location Provider Public/Lodge Last booking date
Saturday 29 February 2020
Perth College
Calum McBain
Public 15th February
Monday 4th May 2020
Glenmore Lodge



Monday 19 October 2020
Glenmore Lodge








The workshops are £80 for Mountaineering Scotland members / £95pp (non-members) / £60pp for host climbing wall staff

To book onto one of our courses, you need to be a member of Mountaineering Scotland. Thanks to your membership, we can subsidise the costs of our courses and offer you cheaper course prices than most commercial providers.

Mountaineering Scotland members can book and pay easily and quickly online in our members’ web portal

If you are not a Mountaineering Scotland member, you can join and book your course place at the same time quickly and easily online in our members' web portal

Please take a look at our useful course information for booking and cancellation conditions.