Learn to Lead Rock Climbing Courses

We offer a range of rock climbing courses, including Learn to Lead courses, in the Peak District, Yorkshire, the Lake District and Snowdonia. We do not schedule these in advance on specific dates, as we prefer to make each one bespoke for you and adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience.

Having become an accomplished ‘second’ in a rock-climbing pair, the natural next step will be to learn how to lead climb yourself. Whether in a sports climbing or a ‘traditional’ climbing context, the additional challenge of lead-climbing brings extra reward, but also extra risk. Our courses will help you understand the additional risks and teach you how to manage these risks through technical skills (for example using ‘trad’ protection), and through mental coping strategies. All of this is 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 those who are ready to take on the extra challenge of lead climbing. You are probably a reasonably experienced ‘second’, or perhaps you lead climb indoors, and have a fair understanding of the risks. You 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?

The beginners’ 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?

This course is usually a minimum of two days in duration, and is 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.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What does it cost?

Prices for one day start at £180 for one person; £200 for two people (i.e. £100 per person); etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.