Technique Training

Rockface offers three climbing technique workshops on a regular basis.

Each workshop is run by an experienced climber, in small classes of four to eight people, to make sure you receive individually-tailored training. You’ll also meet other enthusiastic climbers just like you!

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Climbing Technique 101

Runs on the 1st Monday of each month
Begins at 6pm sharp, and runs for 3 hours
Maximum number of participants: 8 (minimum of 4)
Cost: $65 per person
All of our classes are available by demand. We require a minimum of four participants.

So, you’ve got the climbing bug? Now it’s time to get better!

If you are brand new* to climbing, and want to learn how to climb with efficiency and a little more grace, this is the course for you. One of our experienced climbing instructors will introduce you to techniques of:

  • Climbing-specific warm ups
  • Basic route-reading
  • Reading’ and using foot and hand holds
  • Understanding body position and movement on a variety of walls
  • Making your climbing gear work for you
  • Basic Bouldering

We’ll give you a brief tour of Rockface, and talk you through the safe and appropriate use of all our facilities, from the Hangboards to the gym equipment.

Most of the instruction will take place on the top-ropes, with some bouldering.

INCLUDED in the course:

Full gear-hire (Harness, Climbing Shoes, and Chalk)
A 10% discount on any gear purchased on the day

*While you don’t need any experience, participants are expected to have visited Rockface at least once, and gone through a safety induction with one of our staff members before participating in this course.

Rockface Members receive 10% off any of our courses.


Footwork and Balance Workshop (Intermediate level)

Runs on the 2nd Monday of each month
Begins at 6pm sharp, and runs for 3 hours
Maximum number of participants: 8 (minimum of 4)
Cost: $65 per person
All of our classes are available by demand. We require a minimum of four participants.

Do people look for the stampeding buffalo whenever you place your foot on a hold? Do your feet blow out unexpectedly? Do you muscle up steep, hard climbs but fall off the slabby walls? Think that green 18 must be missing some holds? (It’s not). Time to work on your balance and footwork!

This course takes you beyond the principles of quiet feet (though you’ll learn that too), to understand how to drive movement from the feet upwards, how to keep yourself balanced on all kinds of terrain, and how to employ heel hooks, toe hooks, back steps and flagging (don’t know what we’re on about? then you definitely need this class!). We’ll give you some footwork drills you can incorporate into your climbing training.

Instruction will take place on top-ropes and bouldering walls.

INCLUDED in the course:
Full gear -hire (harness, climbing shoes, and chalk)
A 10% discount on any gear purchased on the day

This is an intermediate level course – to give you an idea, these techniques particularly benefit climbers who are working on grades of 16+ on top-ropes. If you are brand new to climbing, check out our Climbing Technique 101 class.

Rockface Members receive 10% off any of our courses.


Getting Horizontal! Steep Terrain Workshop (Intermediate level)

Runs on the 3nd Monday of each month
Begins at 6pm sharp, and runs for 3 hours
Maximum number of participants: 8 (minimum of 4)
Cost: $65 per person
All of our classes are available by demand. We require a minimum of four participants.

Do you get shut down as soon as the climbing gets steep? Do you waste energy trying to get your feet back on the wall after every move? Think that the overhung stuff is ‘just not your style’? (You’re wrong). Get a taste of the technique needed for powerful, steep climbing.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the importance of engaging the core, of when to keep your feet on and when to cut loose, body positioning on overhung walls, and footwork techniques like heel and toe camming and heel hooks. You’ll come away with some advice on drills and training to help improve your climbing on steep terrain.

This workshop makes for an excellent preliminary introduction to lead climbing technique, since nearly all of our lead walls involve at least some steep terrain.

Instruction will principally take place on the bouldering walls.

INCLUDED in the course:
Full gear-hire (Harness, Climbing Shoes, and Chalk)
A 10% discount on any gear purchased on the day

This is an intermediate level course – to give you an idea, these techniques particularly benefit climbers who are working on grades of 16+ on top-ropes, or R2 on the bouldering wall. If you are brand new to climbing, check out our Climbing Technique 101 class.

Rockface Members receive 10% off any of our courses.

Personal Technique Training is also available by arrangement. These sessions are perfect for those climbers who feel that they have hit a plateau in their climbing, and need a more individual assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.

Sessions cost $75 and run for 1.5 hours
Contact us for more information.


In addition to our regular courses, Rockface also offers occasional masterclasses in more specific areas of climbing.
Future masterclasses in the work s include: Advanced Rope work and Knots; Route-reading and On sighting; Advanced Belay Techniques; Training Hard and Making Gains.

Contact us if you’d like to know more.

A gift voucher for one of our courses makes an excellent present!
Rockface Members receive 10% off any of our courses.

$160 per person
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Classes are only run if minimum of 4 participants.

For further details regarding training courses, phone us: (08) 9328 5998.

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