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Outdoor Single Pitch

Target Audience
Have you passed your Indoor leadclimbing exam (IV) and would you like to take the step outside, because you think it's cool and also want to be able to climb outside independently? Then this course is what you are looking for. The climbing proficiency certificate outdoor single pitch (OV-SP) is also an entry requirement for the outdoor multipitch course (OV-MP). With this license you can also enroll in the outdoor kader track.

Entry requirements

  • You have passed the Indoor leadclimb (IV) exam
  • In the hall 5+ leadclimbing without a block
  • Participation in at least one of the two OV-SP weekends
  • Compulsory attendance at all classes

The course consists of the following four parts:

  1. Admission time (possibly)
  2. Two course evenings in the hall
  3. Filling in the single pitch route list during climbing weekends
  4. Outdoor single pitch exam on a climbing weekend

With this course, you will learn step-by-step everything important for outdoor climbing. The covered topics include cleaning the route, abseiling, retreating from a route and avoiding major mistakes.

The course is expected to be given in February and/or March. The weekends take place at the start of the climbing season, in March and April. The exact dates are published in the agenda when they are known.

The OV-SP exam is taken during a climbing weekend. To do this,  you have to practice the techniques during climbing weekends under the supervision of an SKB or SKI. If you have sufficiently practised and a SKI has put a signature as proof that you are ready for your exam, you can take the exam during the next climbing weekend. During this exam, you have to show that you have mastered the techniques and you get a case. A case is a scenario in which something goes wrong. You must complete this case safely in cooperation with your climbing partner.


  • Harness
  • Safebiner
  • Belay device, preferably (auto)tuber-type
  • Climbing shoes
  • 4 screw carabiners, of which 1x HMS
  • 1 sling of 120 centimeters
  • 1 nylon sling of 60-90 centimeters, or dynamic self-belay (recommended), e.g. Petzl Connect Adjust
  • Prusik rope (1 meter of 5 or 6 mm thickness)
  • Quickdraws (preferably, 6x)

During the course, you can borrow material from ESAC and you can ask for advice from the instructors on material.

The costs for this course are usually around 30 euros (excluding climbing weekend costs).

Do you want to sign up for this course? In the agenda, it becomes visible when you can register for the course. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Committee via OC@esac.nl.

PS. When the maximum number of subscriptions is reached, the Education Committee will make a selection based on (climbing) motivation.