Fancy a weekend of sport climbing?

The Sport Climbing Course is for beginners who want to learn lead climbing outdoors, and intermediate climbers who want to improve their technique. Over two days you'll develop your skills and confidence, and have a fantastic time climbing by the sea!

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Friday Evening: Arrive at Portland Hostel

Meet at 8:30pm at the Portland YHA Hostel for introductions and a course briefing. We go through:

  • Goals of the course
  • Safety
  • Equipment

It’s straight-forward to get here on public transport, however we highly recommend you join the Facebook event when you sign up, as most participants lift-share on our weekend courses.

Saturday: Learning to Lead

On Saturday we head out to one of our favourite spots on the island to get stuck in, learning to lead outdoors. It’s great fun climbing, with big ‘grippy’ holds, so you can concentrate on picking up those key skills – lead belaying, clipping bolts and threading the anchor when you’re standing confidently on the top.

Saturday Evening: Dinner by the Sea

After heading back to the hostel for showers, we walk out into the town for dinner (the seafood is great) and debrief. It’s a great way to get to know the other participants better and plan future climbing trips.

Sunday: Portland’s West Coast

On Sunday we head over to the west coast of the island, and you can choose some routes from the guidebook to tackle with the other participants. There are hundreds of routes to choose from, from ‘easy ladders’ (indoor grade 3 or VB), right up to serious overhangs. Before long you’ll be picking and climbing routes with your new climbing buddies, with hands-on coaching from your instructors whenever you need it.

We finish at 4pm, with plenty of time to travel home and dream up your next weekend adventure!

1. Requirements

You must be over 18, and have a base level of fitness (we are outdoors for the full days).

Previous top-rope climbing experience, indoors or outside, is helpful but not required. The courses run on low client-to-instructor ratios and we tailor the difficulty to your experience

2. Logistics


When you sign up, we highly recommend you join the Facebook event for lift-sharing and other logistics. You can also take the train to Weymouth, and then a short bus/taxi ride across the land-bridge to Portland island.

Accommodation & Food

Accomodation and food are not included in the course, however we recommend you stay in the Portland YHA Hostel as it's the best way to get to know the other participants better in the evenings. We typically drop by the shops in the mornings to pick up lunch, and eat at one of the local country pubs on Saturday evening - the Cove House Inn is excellent!

3. Equipment

You must bring with you:

  • Waterproof jacket (and preferably trousers) and a few spare layers just in case
  • Climbing shoes
  • Rucksack (30L+)

We provide all other technical equipment, although it's good to bring anything you may own (e.g. harness/helmet) if you'd like to get used to it.