Introduction to Trad climbing Programme 2021

Every year the IMC runs introductory sessions for members covering rock-climbing and mountain skills.

This year the program kicks off in April. Please see the  Guidelines for the Introduction to Trad Climbing Programme 2021 for participant requirements and lots of useful information about the art and craft of Traditional Climbing.

While we cater for those new to traditional rock climbing, we expect that you have experience of either indoor route or sport climbing. You will already know how to move on holds, how to belay and catch a falling roped climber using a belay device and have a taste for the overall sport. We will direct absolute beginners to formal courses by qualified providers – you are still welcome in the club! Just that this course needs a level of competency with the safety systems. Our mentors are all volunteers and this restriction is important to safeguard the team as best we can.

Places are limited for both Covid and climbing safety reasons and they get booked up very quickly. Contact <situation vacant> (Training Officer) training@irishmountaineeringclub.org to apply to join the course. A survey will be issued once we have checked you are a current club member.  You need to answer this survey honestly! 

If you do not meet the entry criteria there may be other options which we will discuss with you depending on your individual situation.

IMPORTANT  This programme has entry requirements:

  • Must have signed a waiver before the start of the programme. This will be available in the IMC hut weekend
  • Must sign the IMC Covid-19 Participation Declaration at each training (required by Govt for track and trace) covid-training-declaration-3. This will be available to you, to sign in every training meet.
  • Must have the basic belay skills and know how to safely tie on, this can be obtained through a climbing wall provider, on any of the club climbing wall evenings or demonstrated in the first climbing wall session
  • Must be paid-up Member of the Club
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be healthy and free from any medical condition that would affect ability to climb safely
  • Must have both read and understood the MI Participation Statement: “Mountaineering Ireland recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”
  • Must have the minimum equipment specified in the Guidelines document “Module1 (White) Required to Access Single-pitch Outdoor Sessions > Minimum equipment checklist”

This is the schedule of events for the 2021 programme:

  1. Zoom Call Welcome to the Club & intro to trad meeting: Thursday 13th May 7pm – 8:30pm
  2. Wicklow IMC Hut introductory training weekend kickoff to : 15-16th May
  3. Dalkey Quarry (#7) Thursdays: 20,27May; 3,10,17,24June; 1 July , start 5pm, finish when dark
  4. Wicklow (IMC Hut availble) Glendalough: Intro to Multipitch Trad climbing: 19-20th June

The goal of the introductory session is to give climbing instruction as well as help new members to get to know other club members and build up some contacts that should help them get out and about this summer and beyond.

The Programme for 2021 includes:

  • Potential Sessions on consolidating belaying and social climbing in Awesome Walls and the Dublin Climbing Centre (if Covid Guidelines allows training to occur at walls)
  • Weekend training in the IMC hut in Glendassan, using the training walls , and boulders covering both theory and practice of the course syllabus in an outside environment,
  • Seven Evening sessions on consecutive Thursdays in Dalkey Quarry
  • Finally, the highlight of the programme is a weekend meet focused on the course participants and mentors in Wicklow based at the Club hut in Glendassan. This long-weekend usually involves multi-pitch climbing at Glendalough Main Crag for most participants and is great craic