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Traditional rock climbing course in Wallonia

Christophe, Belgian rock climbing instructor, offers this complete traditional rock climbing course in Wallonia to learn the techniques of this great style.

Duration1+ day
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Join me for a traditional rock climbing course in Wallonia, Belgium. We will be in the area of the beautiful Meuse valley, around Namur or Dinant. The exact location can be determined together. We can leave for 1 to 3 days, depending on your time available.

Climbing on adventure terrain, or traditional (trad) climbing, is a climbing style in which the climber must set his own protections to belay in the event of a fall. Unlike sports climbing, where the anchor points are installed permanently, trad climbing requires more commitment as well as the climber’s ability to find a way to belay while climbing.

During this course you will learn how to correctly place your nuts and friends. You will also learn how to use the natural protections to complete the equipment of the “classic” or “mountain” routes. This will help you climb in autonomy on routes ill-equipped or not equipped.

The program includes:
– Choosing and organizing the equipment
– Estimating the reliability of the anchorages in place
– Using natural anchorages
– Placing nuts and friends
– Belaying on dubious anchorages
– Strategy and commitment.

The main reasons why I like to teach this course are:
– An essential training to learn good placement
– It’s possible to do it in 1 day, but 2-3 days are ideal
– There are many possibilities on different rocks to vary the climbing style and level.

Want to join this traditional rock climbing course? Then don’t hesitate to send me a request! It will be my pleasure to teach you the techniques of this great discipline. And maybe on the next trip we can go trad rock climbing in Pfalz area, in Germany!

Accommodation

There are hotels, lodges and campings nearby.

Disclaimer

If I'm not available, you will be guided by another certified Belgian climbing instructor.

More info

- If conditions are favorable, we can also practice rock climbing during the rest of the year. - Try to book at least 5 days before climbing days. - I'll take maximum 6 climbers with me (depending on the program). If you come with a larger group, I'll be coming with another rock climbing instructor.

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About the guide

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I discovered the mountain with my parents at a young age thanks to hiking and alpine skiing. Around 12 years old, I started climbing, and it rapidly became a real passion, allowing me to live moments of intense adventure and escape. I dedicated most of my free time to it, which allowed me to reach a good level fast.

The Wallonie rocks, and particularly Freyr, are a great school to train for walls abroad like the large walls in Verdon, the Calanques and Chamonix. My passion took me then to alpinism, ski touring, ice climbing, canyoning. After my studies, I took 2 long initiating travels to Latin America, traveling the Andes range from Ecuador to Patagonia, by foot and cycling, down the Southern route. This exceptional experience woke up a new passion in me: traveling, discovering large spaces, different cultures and civilisations, to meet others and to get to know myself.

After sharing this passion with my friends and family, I discovered the urge to make of it a real profession. I started studying to become a climbing and alpinism instructor (UPMM certification). My studies in Physical Education and Physiotherapy gave me extra knowledge of physiology, pedagogy and traumatology.

I supervised my first climbing and alpinism trainings in the Club Alpin Belge. I then became a teacher at the CAB - a Federation for many educations destined for members, future instructors and physical education teachers. I was hired at the Federation-CAB as an education coordinator in 2003, then technical director in 2005. The 7 years spent at the CAB strengthened my technical, pedagogical and management abilities. In 2011, I decided to change my orientation and return to the "field", working again in the organisation of trainings, trips, expeditions...

My motto: professionalism, friendliness and above all pleasure!


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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

EUR 310 each

Group of 2

EUR 155 each

Group of 3

EUR 104 each

Group of 4

EUR 78 each

Group of 5

EUR 68 each

Group of 6

EUR 62 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• The price indicated is for a day trip. If you are not a member of an alpine club, you will have to pay the access to the rock (12€ for adults, 6€ under 18 years old). Equipment rental is 5€ per person (harness, helmet, quickdraws, rope, belaying device) and 5€ per person for friends and nuts.


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