Introduction to Leading


This course is for climbers who have some basic climbing skills and competent seconds but want to start lead climbing. A range of topics will be covered, such as:

  • Guidebook interpretation
  • Route selection and grades
  • Protection
  • Clipping and ropework
  • Building belays
  • Single and multi-pitch climbing
  • Climbing technique
  • Abseiling
  • Simple problem solving
  • Retreating off routes
  • Escaping the system
  • Prussiking
Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to those that have some experience following a partner. But would now like to take the lead. To complete this course, it is necessary to have some experience as a competent second. You should also be able to put on a harness, tie onto the end of a rope, and be able to belay. You should also have a moderate knowledge of climbing. As this is a large step up and should not be underestimated.

What will I be doing as part of this course?

The purpose of this course is to allow you to independently lead. The course will be fully tailored to you, along with your ability and aspirations. As such, climbs that only match your current skill level will be chosen. As a result, this will help boost your confidence.
Every morning, the course staff will choose a route based on the groups ability. And the weather conditions on that day. However, our programmes are completely flexible. And our high staff to student ratio ensures we can always focus on individual requirements. Over both days, we will cover multi pitch crags.

The following areas will be discovered over the course of the weekend:

  • Personal equipment (and racking it)
  • Gear placement
  • On the sharp end – the process of leading
  • Mental preparation
  • Lead belaying
  • Stance organisation
  • Abseil retreats
  • Emergency procedures
  • Judgement, route choice and route finding
  • The BMC – services and clubs
  • Where do I go from here? – after the course

Price: £200 per person