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
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!