The IMC has offered its members training since the club was formed. Early Mountain Rescue techniques were drilled by the founders and helped to shape the modern Mountain Rescue service we know today. This tradition is alive and well and the active club members who climb are able to do training in a range of skills from indoor movement coaching to outdoor group instruction.

1. Introduction to Traditional Climbing Programme

Traditional Climbing is usually called Trad Climbing by those that do it and is the main climbing style in Ireland. There are only a handful of bolted sports crags and majority of crags follow the Trad climbing ethic, which at it’s simplest is a “leave no trace” approach.

IMC members would like to learn this style of climbing can take part in the annual Introduction to Trad Climbing programme organised by our Training Officer. While this is known across the club as the “New Members” Programme, any members who would like to refresh or revive their skills are welcome. The key is that you are a member. Places get booked up very quickly in January and February each year. See the link for details of how to apply.After the Mountaineering Ireland component of our membership fee, the remainder that comes to the club is small when compared to formal Introduction to Rock Climbing courses from professional providers. The only way we can maintain this very low cost is by the generosity of our experienced members who volunteer their time to introduce course participants to traditional rock climbing skills.

Full details of the new members’ programme:

Other training

If you would like formal training in mountaineering and rock-climbing please contact a commercial training provider – a list is available on the  Mountaineering Ireland website

We help our members improve and update their skills by organising training activities throughout the year in response to expressions of interest among our members. The activities can be entirely in-house, provided by our more experienced members, or we can organise sessions with external professionals who have particular expertise. Sometimes we are able to negotiate preferential rates.

If you have any question please contact the Training Officer at


Training Blogs


Annalong Buttress, Mourne Mountains, 2017





New Members meet, Mourne Mountains, 2017


Dún Séanna, Kerry, October 2016

Mourne Mountains May 2015
IMC North Wales 2015
North Wales October 2015