How to earn your badge
- Show that you know the rope types used for rock climbing. Explain how to coil and maintain them.
- Show that you know how to fit a climbing helmet and harness and how to tie in correctly.
- Show you understand the calls used in climbing.
- Show that you know how to abseil down a face. It should usually be at least 10 metres high. Alternatively, you can take part in a climbing-like activity, such as crate stacking or high ropes, and show you know about the safety equipment used.
- Take part in four or more separate climbs. Your climbs should either be on artificial walls of grade 4+/5 or natural faces up to ‘difficult’ standard. You could do a mixture of both, using a different route for each climb. Either way, an experienced climber must supervise your climbs and evaluate your ability.
- Explain the safety rules for climbing on both natural and artificial rock faces.
- Show that you’re aware of environmental issues around climbing on atural rock faces.
- Explain how to care for the equipment you used. Also, explain what you should look out for when equipment is nearing the end of its life.