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Learn to Lead Climb

From: £300.00 Price £150 per day for 1 to 2 people.

Learning to lead is the single biggest step to take in your climbing career. This course will start you on that journey. It will teach you crucial techniques for becoming a safe climber for life and help you understand and identify good practice.


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Learning to lead climb is a rewarding and challenging endeavour. It allows you to experience the freedom of climbing all over the world with nothing more then a rope and some items of gear.

This course aims to introduce a lot of concepts for you to go and practice as well as showing you techniques to make sure you can make sound and safe judgements during your climbing career. You can expect to cover topics such as:

Technical Skills:

  • Belaying a second
  • What to carry
  • Placing gear
  • Testing anchors
  • Building belays
  • Equalising anchors

Tactical Skills:

  • Which route(s) to climb
  • How to rack gear for maximum efficiency
  • How to practice lead climbing safely
  • When to place gear

Physical Skills:

  • Climbing footwork
  • Balance and resting
  • Traditional moves (e.g. chimneying and jaming)

Psychological Skills:

  • How to prepare yourself mentally to lead
  • How to stay calm when it feels like its going wrong
  • Trust in “good” gear placements

As you can tell this gives a lot to fit in during the course. For this reason I run this course for between 2 to 5 days;  During this time I can’t promise that you will get an opportunity to lead for the first time, that is a decisions that needs to be made by everyone involved face to face, however I will do my best to get you on the sharp end if that is your goal.

Accommodation is not included.

Locations for the course will be discussed upon booking. Should we not be able to agree a suitable destination you’ll not be charged.

Please select between two and five days for your course

Additional Information


Second (you should have climbed before and be familiar with belaying, seconding and tying in to get the most from this course.)


Waterproof Jacket, Waterproof Trousers, Fleece / Jumper, Rockshoes, Harness, Food and Drink, You may wish to bring your own rack


Scotland, Snowdoina, Lake District, Peak District, Devon and Cornwall


9am each day


5pm each day


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