To advance the skill level of our members and ensure our members practise safe climbing, we organise a number of instruction courses throughout the year.


Dates and times will be sent out via the mailing list.


Some of the courses have prerequisites, as they depend on you being proficient in the skills taught on other courses.

All of the courses offered through AURAC are organised by volunteers who give their time freely.  Although every effort is made to make the courses as safe as possible, participants undertake courses at their own risk and AURAC takes no responsibility for any accidents that may occur, although this is unlikely.

The regular courses are:



Here we show you how to abseil, a generally important skill to have especially when climbing outdoors. Abseiling helps reduce wear on ropes when it comes to getting down from a climb since being lowered down wears the ropes quickly. In some cases, it is the only means of getting down from a climb! There are no prequisites.


Anchor Setting 

The anchor setting course covers the setting of climbing anchors for top ropes etc., equalising anchors on multiple attachment points, and incorporating backups into your anchor.  The abseiling course is a prerequisite.


Lead Climbing 

This will teach you how to lead climb and lead belay. Given that this is a reasonably demanding skill, you’ll need to be a proficient and safe climber to attend this course.  The abseiling and anchor setting courses are prerequisites. The lead course is usually run over a weekend at an outdoor location. 

Depending on availability of instructors, we also run additional courses such as multi-pitch climbing and trad climbing.


If you have any queries, please contact our Instructions Officer.