Rock Climbing

Sun, rock, relaxation and atmosphere...

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Sun, rock, relaxation and atmosphere.

We offer two climbing trips: to the Dolomites in Italy and to Sardinia. Whilst very different locations, one is a magnificent limestone mountain range in Northern Italy whilst the other a sun drenched mediterannean island, both offer the keen rock climber varied and clean routes.

Both the Dolomites and Sardinia offer the opportunity to learn and push your climbing to the next level, in beautiful regions of Europe and if you have only one week to spare why not enjoy some sun at the same time.

These trips are open to any level and are ideal for those looking to move from indoor climbing to climbing on rock or for those looking to push their already established grade by climbing with our very experienced mountain guides. The ratios of guide to clients are 1:1 or 1:2 mean that you will climb at your own level and get the most out of your trip; should you be travelling with a non-climbing partner the locations lend themselves to numerous activities and both of you will have a fantastic time!

Climbing Sardinia
Sardinia Rocks! (Intermediate)

Rock climbing in Sardinia offers an amazing variety of sport and adventure climbing across the grade range including single pitch routes, beachside crags (perfect if you have a non-climbing partner with you), multi pitch and sea cliffs. With well-protected bolted climbs even in the lower grades it's a great place to get to grips with leading on... view

Dolomites Rock
Dolomites Rock (Advanced)

The Dolomites, situated in North Eastern Italy are one of the world's most famous and beautiful mountain ranges. We offer six days climbing in this impressive and exciting area.

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Skill Level Overview

Introductory

I have no previous mountaineering experience but I am keen to learn the basics of using crampons and an ice axe and rope work. I would enjoy ascending rocky scrambles and easy angled snow and ice. I am a regular hill walker summer and winter and used to long days out, I am happy to walk for 6-8hrs per day carrying all my gear in my rucksack. For Via Ferrata trips a head for heights and some upper body strength is useful.

Intermediate

I have undertaken some previous rocky scrambling and short rock climbs, ice or easy alpine climbing. I am comfortable moving on rocky and snowy ridges and slopes of up to 40 degrees. I enjoy the challenge of more remote technical terrain. I would like to learn more about alpine rope work. I can improve my crampon / ice axe technique and could scramble on rock with greater efficiency.

Advanced

I have previous experience climbing alpine PD+ or harder. I am undeterred by scrambling and have done some pitched climbing on rock or ice. I have a firm grasp of the rope techniques necessary for pitched climbing and crossing glaciers. I am confident when using crampons and ice axe. I relish the thought of climbing steep rock and ice or traversing an exposed ridge covered in snow and ice. I can abseil, know how to use a prussic knot and make myself safe on basic belay stances.

Stamina Level Overview

Level 1

I have good hill walking fitness and endurance and can hike for around 5-7hrs on undulating terrain at a steady pace. This would include ascents and descents of between 500 - 800m vertical. I am also happy carrying a rucksack with all my kit in it for a day. This stamina level can be achieved by regular hill walking in the UK and doing 2-3 sessions of exercise per week (long hike, cycle ride, swimming or playing sports). Working on your endurance is important as days in the Alps tend to be around 6-8hrs in length.

Level 2

I have good aerobic fitness and leg strength. I can trek up steep, rocky paths and ascend up to 800m - 1000m in a day. I enjoy being on the hill for up to 6-8 hours a day, and can cope with moderate altitudes above 3000m. To prepare for this trip the best activities are those that increase your heart rate and build your aerobic levels e.g. running, cycling and swimming. For via ferrata trips a moderate amount of upper body strength would be helpful, gained ideally through scrambling or lifting light weights.

Level 3

I have excellent cardiovascular fitness and plenty of endurance to cope with several demanding days in a row. I can climb 5-6 hours most days, and on summit days up to 10-12 hours. I have enough upper body strength to pull myself up short sections of fixed rope or ladders. Endurance fitness is gained through longer training periods of walking, running, cycling and swimming. These climbs can be strenuous with the need for upper body strength gained through, gym sessions, scrambling or in/outdoor rock climbing.

Level 4

I have a supreme level of fitness and stamina. I can move confidently on technical terrain for 10-15 hours at altitude. I have a strong upper body to tackle fixed ropes, vertical rock and ice. A prolonged period of cross training would help build endurance with 5-6 training sessions per week including walking, running, swimming and cycling. Upper body strength is essential for pitched ice and rock climbing and this can be gained from weight training or indoor climbing walls.

Contact

250 York Road, London
SW11 3SJ, United Kingdom
info@mountaintracks.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 8123 2978
Fax: +44 (0)20 7905 0921

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