BMC Youth Climbing Event Training Day

The BMC offers one-day training days for BMC members who want to help organize and organize youth outdoor climbing days and/or help out on youth climbing weekends of the BMC. They will cover elements of safety, backup and troubleshooting with a particular focus on the skills required to climb with 2 young climbers (aged 11-17) for a day and ensuring there is a high duty of care. The goal is to give BMC member volunteers the support and confidence to provide great outdoor opportunities for young people.

Anyone in good health who has attended one of these days will be able to help out at some BMC Youth Climbing Meetups pending an up to date DBS check and no low points on the skills required.

A maximum of 6 places are available. If BMC members hold an appropriate mountain training qualification and meet the prerequisites below, they can also participate in the BMC Youth Climbing Days without attending that day.


Previous experience:

To come one of these days you must have:

  • At least 3 years of trad climbing experience
  • Have conducted at least 10 or more HVS 5a routes
  • Be current in your abilities
  • Be keen to teach young climbers the main climbing techniques.


Participants will be expected to lead the climb on these days and demonstrate proficiency on these skills:

  • Build good relays
  • Demonstrate how to manage 2 novices on secondment
  • Basic problem solving
  • Clear communication
  • Rappel with a prussock
  • Securing novice abseilers


To put back:

If individuals are deemed competent in the key skills, they will be able to assist and organize BMC Youth Climbing Days on unsupervised single pitch cliffs and may also assist on multi-pitch terrain at an event climbing for young people overseen by the BMC Youth and Equity Manager. .


Organization and support for BMC climbing days for young people:

The BMC will cover travel expenses for BMC member volunteers to attend this training event and to assist with other BMC events. Organizing BMC Youth Climbing Days will involve liaising with the BMC Youth and Equity Manager to decide on suitable dates, locations and plan.


2 days of training are offered.


1st is North Wales, meet at Plas Y brenin at 9.30am:

Saturday June 25. BOOK HERE


The 2nd will take place in the Peak District, meet at the Outside Cafe in Hathersage at 9.30am:

Wednesday, June 29. BOOK HERE


PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CLIMBING RACKS, ROPES, HELMET AND ANY PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT YOU NORMALLY USE.


A detailed program of the day is available HERE

James Mcaffie will lead the days. James holds an MCI and worked at Plas Y Brenin for 7 years. He has worked and run rock classes and youth events for complete beginners to members of Team GB. If you have any questions about the days, please email James.

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