Introduction to Trad climbing Programme 2020

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

The program kicks off in late March. Please see the  Guidelines for the Introduction to Trad Climbing Programme 2020 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 safety reasons and they get booked up very quickly. Contact Andy (Training Officer) 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
  • 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 Associate Members 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 2020 programme:


The goal of these introductory sessions 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 2020 includes:

  • Sessions consolidating belaying and social climbing in Awesome Walls and the Dublin Climbing Centre
  • Evening sessions on consecutive Thursdays in Dalkey Quarry
  • Finally, the highlight of the programme is a 3-day meet focussed 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