The British Mountaineering Council is the national representative and governing body for climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers. The BMC works hard to ensure that our access rights are protected and that our climbing environment is protected. They also organise national competitions, seminars and climbing meets in addition to compiling guidebooks for a number of areas. The BMC relies heavily on a network of volunteers. You can get involved by joining the BMC and attending a local area group meeting. The BMC’s website has a wealth of information about climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering.
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Do you want to climb outdoors? We’ll help you get started.
There are several types of outdoor climbing:
Bouldering - Like indoor bouldering, you climb without ropes on shorter crags or boulders.
Trad climbing – ‘Traditional’ climbing where the lead climber places their own protection in the rock. The second follows up removing the gear thus leaving no trace of the climbers’ passage.
Sport climbing – In this style of climbing, protection points (bolts with hangers) have been glued into the rock.
Climbing Clubs & Castle Associates
Traditionally in the UK many climbers join clubs to learn to climb, share use of huts and meet climbing partners. There are many local, national and university clubs, many of which welcome novice climbers. The Castle has a designated notice board by the Comp Wall for clubs to advertise.
If you want to take your climbing outdoors and you're not sure where to start, have a look at our Outdoor Provider page.