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Learn to Lead Climb

This course is aimed at outdoor climbers looking to take the next step and learn to lead climb on single pitch crags and enjoy the exhilaration of being on the sharp end of the rope.

In this course we aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge to allow you to make the transition from seconding to competently leading appropriate single pitch routes.

During the course we will aim to cover the following:

  • Choosing an outdoor climbing venue and selecting suitable routes.
  • Identifying hazards and staying safe whilst lead climbing.
  • How and when to place protection.
  • Dealing with fear and deploying coping strategies.
  • What to do when you reach the top.
  • Bringing up your second and removing your gear.

This is a hands-on course and you can expect to get lots of climbing done.

All our courses are tailor made to your needs, so we don't have a set itinerary.

The main areas we work in are the Peak District, North Yorkshire and the Dales and the Lake District but we are happy to travel further afield to work with you to help you achieve your aims.

Venues will be selected in discussion with you so that you can get the most out of your time with us.

Contact us to find out more.

All our courses are tailor made to your needs.  For our learn to lead course we recommend a minimum of two days but we will work with you to use the time you have available to help you achieve your aims.

Choose from a single day up to a full week depending on how much time you have available.

£190 per day – maximum of 2 people.

We can run this course at any time of year on dates to suit you.

Please use our contact us form or call (01765 773015) or email ( to find out more.

Included in the price of this course:

  • Use of technical equipment such as ropes & rack etc. (you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it).
  • Professional instruction and coaching by a fully qualified AMI member.

Not included:

  • Personal clothing and equipment - see our kit list.
  • Lunch, food or snacks.
  • Drinks.
  • Travel to course venue.

The weather can vary wildly in the UK.  So, it is important that we set out wearing the right clothing and that we take the right equipment.

Listed below are all the items of clothing and equipment that we recommend you wear/bring with you on our climbing courses.

If you have any questions or concerns about clothing, equipment or food & drink, please give us a call or email us at

Essential Clothing (to be worn/carried)

  • Footwear. Please make sure you have suitable footwear for walking into any climbing venues.  For venues close to the road, a pair of trainers, trekking or approach shoes will normally suffice.  If the venue is further afield or a mountain crag then a lightweight pair of walking boots or a good approach shoe will be better – please ask in advance if you are not sure.
  • Legwear. Please make sure your legwear is comfortable and doesn’t restrict your movement – the ability to have free unrestricted leg movement is essential for climbing.  Please note, jeans or heavy tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.
  • Upper body.  Climbing venues can often be exposed and windy so please make sure you bring sufficient layers to keep warm.  As with legwear, clothing worn on your upper body should not restrict your movement.  We suggest a long-sleeved base layer with a t-shirt and fleece layer as a minimum.
  • Jacket.  A good warm jacket for belaying in.  This can be a fleece jacket or lightweight duvet/insulated jacket.
  • Waterproof Jacket.  Excellent for keeping the wind out and of course for keeping you dry in showers.
  • Waterproof trousers.  Recommended but not essential.
  • Woolly hat.
  • Gloves or mittens.

You may also want to consider a buff, these are great for keeping the neck warm or using as a balaclava to stave off wind and rain.

Essential Equipment

  • Small Rucksack. To carry all your things to the crag in, 30l is adequate.
  • Climbing Harness.  These are available to hire for a small fee – please enquire.
  • Climbing Helmet.  Available to hire for a small fee – please enquire.
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Personal First Aid Kit.  Our instructor will carry a group first aid kit, but we recommend you carry a personal first aid kit which includes suncream, plasters and plaster tape, painkillers etc.

Optional Equipment

  • Camera.
  • Mobile Phone.
  • Sunglasses.

Food & Drink

  • Food.  Please make sure you bring a packed lunch and/or some snacks to keep you going throughout the day.  Food is not included.