indoor to outdoor climber

For those looking to build upon their climbing knowledge and progress from indoors to outdoors. Introduction to trad climbing 

3 Day Course

1 person: £570 (£190 per day)

2 people: £315pp (£105pp per day)

3 people: £270pp (£90pp per day)

4 people: £255pp (£85pp per day)

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Indoor to outdoor transition course - for those looking to progress into outdoor rock climbing and trad climbing.  We will use a mixture of sport climbing venues and trad climbing areas to develop your knowledge and understanding of outdoor climbing. 

This is a 3 day course.

A general itinerary and course outline:

Day 1:

We will visit a sport climbing venue - the aim will be to either get you moving on the rock outdoors, or to lead a sport climb

On the day we will:

  • Recap tying in

  • Belaying & lowering a climber

  • Look at bolts and lower offs and how to safely thread the ropes

  • How to clip the rope and avoid back clipping or z clipping

  • Comfortable and safe clipping positions 

  • Different belay devices and their uses 

  • Movement skills/coaching


Day 2:

We will go to trad climbing venue and here you will:

  • Be guided on a rock climb

  • Trad climbing equipment - nuts, cams and hexes

  • Looking at placing climbing gear

  • Removing gear whilst climbing

  • Seconding climbs and learning the systems

  • Learning climbing calls 

  • Tying clove hitches

  • Further movement coaching

  • Safe descent, abseiling and rope retrieval

Day 3:

  • 'In series' climbing to practice gear placement and runner management

  • Tying into the belay safely 

  • Stance organisation and belay changeovers

  • Ghost roping (placing gear on lead, with a top rope)

  • Building belays (ABC, IDEAS principles) 

  • Learn to belay a second

  • Safe abseiling and descent from the crag

The price of this course is inclusive of:

  • A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI

  • Local & intimate knowledge of the venues

  • Technical equipment 

  • Professional coaching & instruction

  • Small ratios and focussed guiding

Read more about AMI here: About AMI


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Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course

Course Ratios

1:4 ratio - Day one

1:2 ratio on day two & three for focussed instruction in technical terrain

We will bring in an additional instructor (MCI) for day 2 in order to adhere to our ratios and keep the climbing safe.  

Feel free to book as an individual, and we will try to find another climber to run at 1:2 and maximise learning opportunities.  If you want an exclusive booking, then please let us know and will run at 1:1.


Some prior knowledge of climbing is beneficial - whether you're a regular indoor leader, top rope beginner or boulderer we can tailor the programme towards your skillset. 

Ideal for those moving off the wall and looking for outdoor climbing experience.

Ideally you can fit a harness correctly, tie a rethreaded figure of eight knot and belay a top roped climber - but we can always show you how! 


All technical equipment is provided. 

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

Ropes and climbing hardware all provided and inclusive of the price

Harness & Helmet can be provided

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have your own rock shoes. 

Click here for a rock shoes buyers guide


Our venues are carefully selected and tailored to get the most out of the programme. 

We regularly use the Langdale & Borrowdale valleys but there are many good areas to choose from - let us know where you're saying and we can tailor the programme

We will use well known climbs, allowing us to teach in contact on real world terrain.

All dates, courses and sessions are displayed on our booking system.  Follow the book now button to view all of our availability and book your course.

Please request a date if our calendar doesn't match your availability

Looking for a bespoke course?

For further information and enquiries, please use the contact form

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Mock Leading - Scout Crag

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Bracket & Slab Climb

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We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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