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Learn to lead course Yorkshire

By 25th July 2020July 17th, 2022Rock Climbing, Summer


A ‘learn to lead’ course in Yorkshire is the ideal way to get into leading traditional (‘trad’) rock climbs safely. It is an ideal place to do this, because of the nature of the rock outcrops and quarries. There are plenty of short, single-pitch climbs with easy access to the top and bottom.

The routes may be relatively short but they include some of the hardest climbs in the country. Very many of them are classed as “Three Star” routes. This means that the general consensus is that they are among the very best rock climbs in the country too. What better way to learn than on some of the best climbs available anywhere in the UK.

Booking and Prices

If you’d like to know more about a learn to lead course in Yorkshire, then see our main page for more details and prices or see what our clients say about us.

When you are ready, then get in touch to make an enquiry or a booking.

We also run learn to lead climbing courses in the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia.

Learn to lead course in Yorkshire

A rock climber concentrating one his next move as he reaches up for a hold during a rock climbing course in Yorkshire

A ‘learn to lead’ rock climbing course is absorbing and rewarding, but there are risks to this sort of climbing. Therefore it’s vital to learn how to minimise those risks and make your climbing as safe as possible. We will give you the knowledge and skills that you need to do this, as well as passing on numerous tips and discuss getting the right equipment.

A rock climber placing wires as protection on Eastby Buttress during a trad lead climbing course in Yorkshire

Before even setting off climbing, there are numerous things to consider if you are new to trad climbing. Can I use the same harness as I use indoor? If not, why not? Can I use the same belay device as I use indoor? What gear should I take on my climb? Do I take wires or cams, or both? Where should I keep them? How many quick draws do I need? What lengths should I take? Where should I carry them? What else do I need to take?

A rock climber is belayed securely at the top of Eastby Buttress as the second reaches the top during a trad lead climbing course in Yorkshire
Belaying a second on a trad lead climbing course

Having finished the climb, you need to build a belay at the top before bringing up your partner. This is not something that you have to know about in sports or indoor climbing. However, it’s vital in ‘trad’ climbing. This skill involves assessing potential anchors, placing gear, tying yourself to the anchor appropriately, belaying your partner from above and managing the rope effectively.