Indoor Climbing

Skills for climbing wall users and instructors

By Pete Hill

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An instructional guidebook to all the basic skills and equipment for indoor climbing, dry tooling and bouldering, invaluable for beginners and instructors on CWA, CWLA and NICAS schemes, and for climbers wanting to increase their technical knowledge to enjoy their climbing wall experience to the max, written by top mountain instructor Pete Hill.



for novices, experts and instructors on the CWA, CWLA and NICAS schemes
Out of Stock
13 Oct 2009
10 Jan 2011
21.6 x 13.8 x 1.3cm
  • Overview

    Indoor climbing, in all of its forms, has a huge following. Whether it is being used for training, teaching or fun, indoor climbing is a phenomenon here to stay.
    This book covers all aspects of indoor climbing, with full coverage of the basics for climbers who are just starting out alongside detailed information and suggestions for supervisors and instructors. Equipment, warming up, bouldering, bottom roping, leading, top roping and abseiling are all included, along with all the skills relevant to the CWA, CWLA and NICAS schemes.

    Dry tooling has begun to find a niche in the repertoire of many climbing centres, and its following is growing from day to day. Having the right equipment and knowing the basic techniques for a safe and successful session are essential, and this book will tell you all you need to do so.

    The author has drawn on many years’ climbing, route setting and instructing experience in putting this book together. More than that, he has used the skills and experience of many of the UK’s top climbing facilities and their staff to produce a book that will prove indispensible for both the beginner and the seasoned climber alike.

  • Contents


    1    Climbing Walls and Structures   
    2    Equipment   
    3    Warming Up (and Down)   
    4    Techniques for Climbing   
    5    Bouldering   
    6    Technical Skills   
    7    Bottom-roping   
    8    Leading   
    9    Top-roping and Abseiling   
    10    Dry tooling   
    11    Other Climbing Wall Activities   

    Appendix 1: Climber’s Checklist   
    Appendix 2: Associations and Award Schemes   
    Appendix 3: Glossary   


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  • Reviews

    'Overall, this is a well thought out book, which provides much for the novice and more experienced climber to practise and absorb. The book is targeted at both the beginner and climbing wall instructor, with information covering aspects of the CWA and NICAS schemes.

    An interesting addition is a chapter on dry tooling. Although this may seem a bit odd, it does appear that a number of walls are allocating space for this activity, if only on a temporary basis, so some information on how to perform with style is welcome.

    This book is well set out with Pete’s normal style of having notes for ‘Top Tips liberally scattered around. All in all, a well thought out and very useful book providing essential reading for novice climbers and instructors alike.'

    (AMI News, December 2009)


    'This book is aimed more at experienced climbers and instructors than beginners. It covers all relevant climbing wall awards and includes useful notes on the pros and cons on the various approaches to instruction and training. For the regular climber there is good advice on movement, warming-up and dry-tooling, in fact on anything that can be done on a climbing wall.

    It is an impressive piece of work from Pete Hill and, like his previous book on mountaineering and rockclimbing, it is very well illustrated with colour photographs, ticklists and top tip sections.'

    (Irish Mountian Log, Spring 2010 )

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Pete Hill

Pete Hill MIC, FRGS has climbed in many continents and countries across the world, including first ascents in the Himalayas. He is a holder of the MIC award, the top UK instructional qualification, and has been delivering rock and mountain sports courses at the highest level for a number of years. Pete lives in Scotland and has two daughters.

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