5 day CLIMBING COURSE
APRIL 24 – 28, 2024
Up for a new sport? Learn how to lead climb and get your indoor lead-climb certificate! We’ll be climbing on different outdoor climbing spots the Ardennes in Belgium.
On this 5-day climbing safari trip you’ll learn everything to start lead-climbing. The rope techniques, how to belay a lead climber, how to lead climb yourself and how to read a topo. Since our accommodation has wheels we will show you a couple different climbing spots in Belgium. You’ll learn about rope techniques, how to belay, knots and (if you want) we will do single pitch lead-climbing as well! If you prefer toprope climbing that’s possible too of course. Everything will be outdoors.
It’s ideal for any climber with some top-rope climbing experience or boulderer who would like to start lead climbing outdoors on single-pitch sport routes. During the course you will develop the confidence to become
competent in leading exciting sport climbs outdoors. The lead climbing skills you learn on this course will also enable you to get your indoor lead climb certificate. You’ll of course also meet like-minded people who will
most probably turn into your new climbing mates.
By clicking ‘Book Now’ you’ll be lead to our Booking System ‘We Travel’.
The aftermovie shows another La Karavana trip. It gives the LK-vibes though!
Pick Up & Drop-Off
Wednesday April 24th, at 20.00 we will pick you up at walking distance from Namur train station (Belgium). We will share the exact location in our Whatsapp group on the day of pick-up.
OR you could hop on in Driebergen-Zeist (right next to Utrecht) and join us for a road-trip to Namur. If you wish to do so, please add it to your booking (7 spots available) for a small extra fee. We’ll then meet at 14hr at Driebergen-Zeist Train station, which is only 8 minutes from Utrecht Central Station (by train).
On Sunday April 28th around 17.00h we will drop you off at Namur train station (we won’t be driving back to The Netherlands).
Food & Drinks
All meals are included. All food is vegetarian.
You can drink as much coffee, tea, water or lemonade as you like. Other drinks like beer, wine or soda are not included and cost €2 each.
This trip costs €785,-
Note: for this trip you need to arrange some additional things such as membership of the NKBV, ‘klimjaarkaart’, a helmet and shoes. Check out the ‘not included’ tab or the tab ‘Extra info’ (Itinerary) for more details. If you need any help, please let us know.
Of course part of the fun is to be driving & living in our ancient bus, transformed from an old public transportation bus into a comfortable group accommodation.
You’ll sleep in a comfortable bed, either a bunk-bed or a single bed. Your bed has its own little light, curtain and locker for your valuables.
Upstairs you’ll also find the lounge with a view, while downstairs is the living area, with kitchen and dining area. Both areas have what we call in Dutch ‘ARKO’ (Alle Ramen Kunnen Open’) and a heating system for the colder nights.
Downstairs we have a big lounge / dining area with heater, where you can start your day with a cup of coffee or enjoy conversation till we’re too tired to talk.
We’ll park the bus at different unique locations. We will use the sanitary facilities such as shower and toilet from the campsite or otherwise we have it on the bus too. Some locations are fantastic, but it might be that on one of the nights there won’t be a shower available. Just so you know. 🙂
- 4 nights accommodation
- 4 full days of climbing lessons from certified instructors
- Theoretical lessons about rescue techniques, climbing, rope techniques and so on. Just ask Bjarne or Martijn, our climbing guides, anything you want to know!
- Basic climbing materials
- Transportation from pick-up & from drop-off point between all climbing spots and sleeping places.
FOOD & DRINKS
- Welcome drinks & snacks
- All your meals (4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner)
- All your coffee, tea, water & lemonade
- Drinks other than the above mentioned (drinks can be bought on the bus for €2,50.)
- Helmet, climbing harness –> we can help you rent though. Simply add it to your booking.
- Climbing shoes –> –> we can help you rent though. Simply add it to your booking.
- Transportation to pick-up & drop-off location (Namur)
- NKBV membership and ‘ Klimjaarkaart‘. Order it in time! It’s valid all year.
- Travel Insurance
Please note: our meeting location will be at the Namur Train Station (Belgium).
ROAD TRIP WITH US 🙂
If you wish to join us on a road-trip from The Netherlands, please add it to your booking. We’ll be leaving at 14hr from Driebergen-Zeist train station.
Prefer to take you own car and leave a little later from home? No problem of course! We’ll set up a Whatsapp group +/- 3 weeks beforehand so you can organize to carpool if you wish.
If you’re coming with public transportation, the best would be to use Google Maps for directions. We can pick you up at Namur train station.
We would recommend you to just join.
But if inevitable, and you do really have to cancel your trip:
– within 48 hours after booking, you will get a 100% refund
– More than 8 weeks before departure, we charge 15% of the travel fee
– 5-8 weeks before departure , we charge 30% of the travel fee
–3-4 weeks before departure, we charge 50% of the travel fee
–2 weeks before departure, we charge 80% of the travel fee
– 1 week before departure: we charge 100% of the travel fee
14.00: road trip from Driebergen-Zeist station starts (optional).
We welcome you around 20h (CET) at walking distance from Namur train station (specific location will be shared later).
– We’ll get to know each other, discuss the planning & theoretical information and probably enjoy a bonfire and a beer or two.
Martijn & Bjarne, our certified and very energetic & positive instructors will already tell you something about climbing and all the things we’ll learn these days. Remember; if you have anything you’d like to know; just ask them! They’re happy to answer all your questions.
A list of the things we’ll work on:
-Correct use of sport climbing equipment
-Using a guide book (topo)
-Climbing calls and communication
Today we’ll enjoy breakfast together and a cup of coffee before starting our first outdoor climbing day! On this trip, you’ll get to experience a few different climbing spots in the area.
It’s our first out of 4 full days of climbing so get ready! We’ll focus on all the things mentioned in ‘day 1’. During the next few days, we’ll get more in dept info about climbing, lead climbing and you get to lead climb yourself as well! Also, you have the opportunity to get your indoor lead climb certificate. Because we will only do single pitch routes on this trip, the certificate can only be used indoors. If you’d like to experience multi pitch outdoor climbing as well, we can help you figure that out as well (we might even organize another multi-pitch climbing trip later in 2025!)
Bonfires, good stories, good food & good company – the perfect way to end our first full day of climbing!
We’ll enjoy breakfast together, go to a new climbing area and start putting what we’ve learned into practice! We climb in groups of maximum 3 people so that you will have the opportunity to lead-belay, lead climb and top rope
the more challenging routes.
At night we’ll head back in the bus to our campsite, have to theoretical lessons, Martijn & Bjarne will answer all your questions and we’ll of course end the day with some good food.
We’ll enjoy breakfast together, go to a new climbing area and start putting what we’ve learned into practise! We climb in groups of maximum 3 people so that you will have the opportunity to lead-belay, lead climb and toprope the more challenging routes.
At night we’ll head back in the bus to our campsite, have two theoretical lessons & of course family-style-dinner together.
We’ll enjoy breakfast together, go to a climbing area and start putting what we’ve learned into practice! We climb in groups of maximum 3 people so that you will have the opportunity to lead-belay, lead climb and toprope the more challenging routes.
Today we end climbing around 15h so that everyone can get back home in time! We’ll drop you off at a train station in Namur (or back at your cars if you all decided to carpool together. We’ll make sure you get in touch about
two weeks before the start of the trip to arrange this if you’d like).
Dinner on this day is not included. (breakfast and lunch are)
For this trip you need to be(come) a member of the NKBV, the Dutch climbing foundation and to have a ‘Klimjaarkaart’. Both are obligatory to go climbing in Belgium. With the money the climbing areas are maintained and you can enjoy some really nice features:
-50% discount on mountain huts in the Alps
-Possibility to get a good and cheap travel insurance that covers crazy sports such as mountain climbing 😉
-You’ll get the inspiring ‘Hoogtelijn Magazine’ 5 times a year!
For all info about the why and the how of the Klimjaarkaart click here . To become a member of the NKBV click here .
By clicking ‘Book Now’ you’ll be lead to our Booking System ‘We Travel’.
Any more questions? Please contact us!