Learn to Lead Rock Climbing Courses

One of our most popular rock climbing courses, are the Learn to Lead climbing courses, which we run in the Peak District, Yorkshire, the Lake District and Snowdonia. However, we do not schedule these in advance, as we like to make each one bespoke. This is how we adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience.

Having become a competent ‘second’ in a rock-climbing pair, the obvious next step is to learn how to lead climb yourself. Whether sports climbing or ‘traditional’ climbing, the additional challenge of leading brings extra reward, but also extra risk. Our courses will help you to understand the additional risks and teach you how to manage these risks. This is through both technical skills (for example using ‘trad’ protection) and through mental coping strategies.

These skills and knowledge are delivered in a progressive and structured way so that you never find yourself on the ‘sharp end’ of the rope before you are ready. (Ratio 1:2 min and max)

Course Details

Who is the course for?

This course is for climbers who are ready to take on the extra challenge of lead climbing. They are probably experienced ‘seconds’, or already lead climb indoors, and they have a fair understanding of the risks. They can probably second or top-rope comfortably at around 5/5+ (indoor or sports) or have seconded numerous ‘trad’ climbs at around Severe, 4a.

Where is it held?

Learn to Lead rock climbing courses can be held in the Peak District, Yorkshire, the Lake District or Snowdonia. The Peak District is a popular choice that works very well and which we recommend.

How long is the course?

Courses are usually a minimum of two days long, and are often booked as a two-day weekend. We can also run the course for longer periods (3-5 days) for a more intensive experience and to consolidate your learning and let you practice under supervision.

What does the course cover?

  • Choice of equipment
  • Use of the guidebook and selecting climbs
  • Reading and planning your routes
  • Placing ‘trad’ protection – nuts, hexes, cams and slings
  • Building belays using solid anchors
  • Belaying a leader and a second
  • Rope management to avoid problems

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; approach shoes or walking boots; climbing shoes; and a rucksack of 30 litres or more. As an established climber, you are likely to have your own harness and helmet and possibly some of your own equipment.

We will:-

  • Provide ropes and all technical climbing hardware. We can provide harnesses and helmets if required.
  • Discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What does it cost?

Prices for one day start at £190 for one person; £210 for two people (i.e. £105 per person); etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.