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Learn to Lead Climb - Trad

2 day course

£180 pp

Coure ratio: 1:2

Location: Peak District


Learning to trad lead climb is the transition between climbing whilst relying on the rope being pre-placed at the top, to being able to protect yourself whilst climbing from the ground up. This gives so much more freedom to the places you can climb and, once mastered, the possibilities are endless! 

Learning to lead climb can be very daunting, and it's important that these skills are taught safely and properly. Our course will give you the skills and confidence to get on the sharp end. The course will cover the key skills needed for trad lead climbing,  under the close supervision of our expert instructors. 

All of our courses are run by highly qualified and experienced Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors (formerly MIA) who are members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, so you know you are in good hands when it comes to knowledge, safety and tailored, progressive teaching to help you get the most from your course.

Course Content:

  • Understanding Guide Books & Climbing Grades

  • Safe lead belaying

  • Appropriate route selection and route reading

  • Equipment needed for lead climbing

  • Placing quality gear placements

  • Clipping quickdraws and rope management

  • Building robust and safe anchors

  • Racking up

  • Lead climbing tactics

  • All safety equipment can be provided

Course requirements:

To get the most out of this course, we recommend that you are able to tie in, belay safely and have climbing experience as a second. We recommend our Intermediate Climbers course if you feel you may need more experience and skills prior to attending this course.

Course dates remaining 2022/2023:

6-7 March 2023

15-16 April 2023

8-9 May 2023

5-6 June 2023

12-13 July 2023



Outline of the day:

We will meet at the crag venue car park (car sharing options may be available), and after an initial meet and greet we will head out to the crag for the day. Your instructor will gradually introduce new skills and build on these as the day progresses. The first day will end at 4pm, with time for feedback and discussions with your instructor about the skills learnt and the consolidation for the second day. 

Your instructor will agree a meeting point for the second day and meet you at the agreed car park the next morning. The second day will focus on any remaining new skills, but will be primarily to consolidate the lead climbing skills learnt over the course so far. This gives plenty of time for the skills and knowledge to embed themselves whilst under the supervision and tuition of our instructors. The day will end at 4pm with time to feedback and discuss the next steps for your climbing progression.

Kit to bring:

  • All climbing safety equipment can be provided

  • Harness and helmet (these can be borrowed)

  • Climbing shoes and chalk bag

  • Plenty of warm clothing

  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers

  • Suncream, sunhat and sunglasses

  • Plenty of food, snacks and water

  • Please feel free to bring any climbing gear you have as your instructor will encourage you to learn with the equipment you will be using in the future


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