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Big Wall Climbing Course


3 days

Gloucestershire, Somerset or North Wales

1 person - £660
2 people - £390 per person

To suit your availability

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Course details

Our 3-day big wall climbing course will give you everything you need to attempt big wall climbs. We will be looking at how to prepare for the climb, how to tackle the climb itself, and how to manage your equipment during the climb. Also, the course covers clean and hammered aid techniques, and the use of portaledges (or hanging tent systems).


On the Big Wall Climbing Course, we will cover the following areas:

  • The aid system and how it works
  • Clean aid climbing
  • Hammered aid climbing
  • Marginal gear placements
  • Hauling
  • Jumaring
  • Fixing ropes
  • Rope care
  • Other aid climbing systems
  • Stance and rope management
  • Setting up a portaledge, and taking it down


If you have always wanted to go and climb a big wall, but unsure where to start.  Aid climbing is a specific technique that provides climbers with the ability to get up routes that may be too hard to free climb.  This is the perfect place to learn.  On the big wall climbing course, we will look at different aid climbing systems, i.e. clean aid climbing and hammered aid climbing.  Also, we will look at marginal placements, i.e. skyhooks, cam hooks, beaks and RURP’s, this is the exciting part.  It always feels a little disconcerting what you can actually hang on, but impressive at the same time.


On the big wall climbing course, we will cover jumaring up a rope.  Which is the more efficient way of a second following a route.  And lastly, hauling and lowering of haul bags.  How to release the bags, what systems to use, and what to do when they get stuck. Read our article on aid climbing for further information and what you may need to learn before attempting your own big wall adventure.

Aid climbing vs Big wall climbing course

So what is the difference between the aid climbing and the big wall climbing course.  On the extra day of the big wall climbing course, we will put it all into practice.  The whole system of aid climbing, jumaring, hauling, setting up the portaledge, and breaking it down.  As if you were doing it for real.



The big wall climbing course is 3 days long, and is run in Gloucestershire, Avon Gorge (Bristol, Somerset) or North Wales. Our client-to-instructor ratio does not exceed 2:1, so that we can give you our fullest attention.


All of our courses are tailored to suit your availability and experience.  Taking into account any individual needs and fitness levels.


Course Location

Gloucestershire, Avon Gorge (Bristol, Somerset) or North Wales.



We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.  Click on the following link for suggestions on an aid climbing rack.


Minimum Requirements

To gain the most from the course, you need to be lead climbing to a minimum of VS Grade. If in doubt about whether the course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


The content of our big wall climbing course will be as follows:


Day 1

Here we introduce the system of aid climbing.  We will mainly look at clean aid climbing, and jumaring a rope as a second.  How to fix the ropes, and what issues you may come across.


Day 2

As well as covering the previous day’s systems.  We will introduce marginal, and hammered aid climbing techniques.  As well as hauling and the lowering of the haul bags.  We will cover the different systems of hauling, and when to use them.


Day 3

Here we will put all we have learnt into practice. From aid climbing, jumaring, hauling, and marginal gear.  We will also be setting up the portaledge, and breaking it down.  As if you were attempting a big wall for real.


The course content and location tend to be dictated to us by the weather, so the big wall climbing course layout can change.


If you are unsure whether the big wall climbing course is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@riseandsummit.co.ukor call us on 07775 853 348, and we would be happy to help.

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