Youth Rock Climbing

2023 Summer Camp

5 day Youth Camp (age 14-19) Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 August 2023 Now full.

Please note, this course is now full. If you are interested, please do email and we will put you on a waiting list and email you about the 2024 camp next year.


This outdoor rock climbing course over five days is for young people aged 14-19. Ideally you will have experience climbing, possibly on indoor walls but don’t worry if you haven’t, enthusiasm to go climbing is the key!
This course is designed to develop your skills climbing outdoors. Our friendly, enthusiastic and highly qualified and experienced instructors will help you develop your skills. We will see you become more self-sufficient as the camp progresses. We will show you how to climb the different types of routes, develop your technique and how to deal with a variety of different challenges unique to outdoor climbing.


We will be based on a camp site near Hathersage in the Peak District. There are a huge number of single pitch routes to develop your outdoor climbing skills at a variety of crags nearby. We will have the opportunity to climb at venues like Stanage, Froggatt and Burbage Edge on Millstone Grit; Boulder at Burbage South where there are some great boulder routes; Sport climbing on Limestone at Stoney Middleton. We are going to be outside so where we climb will largely depend on the weather be it hot/ cold/ dry/ wet/ sunny/ or windy. Basically a typical week in the Peak District!


5 day Youth Camp £395 per person
This includes instruction, accommodation (tents) all specialist equipment, food (3 meals per day).

What you will learn

During your time with us you will develop your skills climbing and camping outdoors. This will include topics and skills such as:

  • climbing outdoor routes on real rock
  • understanding outdoor equipment
  • selecting appropriate routes
  • using a guidebook
  • threading sport belays
  • building belays
  • warming up and down
  • redpointing
  • abseiling
  • cooking

Whether you climb 7a indoors, are new to outdoor climbing or you might have been climbing outdoors previously. We guarantee you will develop your skills, have fun and learn new techniques on this course.


Eating is an important part of the week and you will cook (under supervision) food that your group has planned. As this week is about becoming self-sufficient, you will have a budget and as a group, decide on the menu for the 4 nights as well as breakfast and lunch each day.


You will sleep in 2 or 3 person tents on a quiet campsite that is often used by small DofE expedition groups and school groups. We will also have a base-camp tent where we can cook and relax. Hepworth Adventures staff will also be staying on the camp site overnight.


All the technical equipment required to climb and camp can be provided.
Students need only provide their own personal clothing items, a sleeping bag and mat. You will receive a full equipment list on registering. If you already have any equipment of your own then you are welcome to bring it along- even if it’s a toaster (see above)!


At Hepworth Adventures we are proud of our staff. All the staff have worked regularly with under 18s as well as instructing in the mountains. Many staff are also qualified teachers and some are members of AMI – the association of Mountain Instructors as well as Rock Climbing Instructors. We are able to offer a huge range of knowledge and experience to help you get the best out of this amazing sport.
All staff have been DBS checked and are aware of our safeguarding procedures to keep the students safe whilst in our care.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to phone or email before booking.