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Women's Ready to Rock

Women's Ready to Rock courses are designed to help women progress from climbing indoors to learning the key skills to climb outdoors on real rock.

We offer a range of courses, from beginner through to sport and trad lead climbing, lead by experienced women instructors in partnership with the Association for Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), so that you can gain the confidence and skills you need to climb outdoors.



Meet the instructors 




Photo by Lena Hunter


This one-day course is for members who have never climbed before or who has done a little climbing indoors but would like to try climbing outdoors on real rock. 

Instructor to climber ratio 1:6

The course will cover:

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Equipment

  • All technical equipment will be provided by the instructor other than rock shoes (these are not vital for this course)

Cost 

  • Mountaineering Scotland members: £60

Not a member? Join us from just £25/yr 

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  • 04 August 2024 - Women's Introduction to Rock Climbing (one-day course) - Blackford Quarry - Bookings open
  • 21 September 2024 - Women's Introduction to Rock Climbing (one-day course) - Blackford Quarry - Bookings open


This one-day course is designed to take members who are competent indoor climbers or those with some experience of outdoor climbing and help them develop their outdoor traditional climbing. 

Instructor to climber ratio 1:4

Please note: This is not a lead climbing course but a progression on the way to becoming a lead climber. 

The course will cover

  • Recap of the basics (see Introduction to Rock Climbing)
  • Placing and removing gear
  • Building and equalising belays
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Belaying from the top of a route
  • Movement skills coaching

Equipment

  • All technical equipment will be provided by the instructor other than rock shoes

Cost 

  • Mountaineering Scotland members: £85

Not a member? Join us from just £25/yr 

Join now

Photo by Lena Hunter

  • 31 August 2024 - Women's Progression Rock Climbing (one-day course) - Rosyth Quarry - Bookings open
  • 29 September 2024 - Women's Progression Rock Climbing (one-day course) - Rosyth Quarry - Bookings open


This one-day course is designed to take members who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer. Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

Instructor to climber ratio 1:4

The course will cover:

  • Lead belaying
  • Lead sports climbing
  • Threading lower offs
  • Movement coaching

Equipment

  • All technical equipment will be provided by the instructor other than rock shoes

Cost 

  • Mountaineering Scotland members: £85

Not a member? Join us from just £25/yr 

Join now


  • 21 July 2024 - Women's Learn to Lead Sport (one-day course) - Bennybeg - Bookings open
  • 5 October 2024 - Women's Learn to Lead Sport (one-day course) - Bennybeg - Bookings open


This two-day course is designed to take members who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

Instructor to climber ratio 1:2

The course will cover:

  • Movement technique on read rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Equipment

All technical equipment will be provided by the instructor other than rock shoes

Cost: Mountaineering Scotland members £240 

Not a member? Join us from just £25/yr

Join now 

Photo by Max Hunter

  • 10 & 11 August 2024 - Learn to Lead Trad (two-day course) - Glen Nevis - Bookings open
  • 17 & 18 August 2024 - Learn to Lead Trad (two-day course) - Rosyth Quarry/Traprain Law - Bookings open


Meet our members



“Lena was informative, encouraging and friendly, even through the soaking rain we managed to get a few climbs and abseils in. Most importantly we felt safe and in good hands. Definitely would recommend! Preferably on a dry day next time!”  -  Christina Wager





                                                                                                                                               


                                                                                          

      Photo by Christina Wager