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Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Learn the basics about belaying, top-roping, and have a bit of fun working on your climbing technique!


$499 inc gst

2 Days


Spur Road Crag, Timaru


9 am – 4 pm each day


1 instructor to 6 participants

Age requirements:

Appropriate for ages 16 and up

Programme Overview

Learn the skills you need to start styling climbs on real rock while keeping yourself and climbing party safe. We’ll get you comfortable moving on rock, using safe belaying techniques, tying knots and rope handling skills, using climbing calls and give you considerations for buying your own gear.

A minor level of fitness is required. Difficulty of climbs can be adjusted to suit your ability, but you should be comfortable walking/standing on uneven terrain and easily able to climb a ladder.

Fear of heights? We’ll only encourage you to go as high as you feel comfortable. A good opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone in a safe environment.


We provide accommodation in our off-grid Cabins at no extra charge for the duration of the course.

What you will need to bring:
You will need to bring your own bedding (sheets, pillows and duvets or sleeping bag) and towels. We provide hand towels, bathmats, tea towels and cloths for cleaning. The bedrooms are not heated so please make sure you bring enough bedding to keep warm.


You need to provide your own food. Lunch needs to be packed to carry down to the crag each day. 

The Cabins do not have refrigeration, but there is fridge space available at our office.

Our Guarantee

  • No cancellations. We have many sites to choose from to help make our courses resilient. We’ll do our best to run no-matter the conditions. In the unlikely event we have to postpone due to extreme weather, we’ll find a date that works for you.
  • No minimum numbers. Even if you’re the only person on the course – we’ll run! Lucky you.
  • No stress. Feel like you need a bit more time to soak in the learning? We can arrange private instruction at a discounted rate to help you get that bit further – so you don’t need to pay for another identical course.

Look at some of our participants in action!

Course Schedule

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Gear List

We will supply all climbing specific gear, but please come dressed for the weather. We may still climb even if it’s drizzling. If you already own any of your own climbing gear, bring it along.

Keep in mind – Spur Road crag is located on a private farm. There are no public toilets and no drinking water available.

Compulsory Gear:

  • Activewear appropriate for weather conditions
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Raincoat
  • Trainers (well-fitting with good grip)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Drink bottle/Water (recommended minimum 2L for the whole day)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap/hat
  • Any medications you take

Gear We Will Supply:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay devices
  • Climbing shoes (size range is limited)
  • Other technical gear for climbing

Overnight – if staying at the Cabins:

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Food

Optional Gear:

  • Camera
  • Warm hat or gloves (winter)
  • Thermals (highly recommended)

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