trad climbing - learn to lead

Develop your traditional climbing skills and learn to place gear, build belays and progress into first leads on rock

Instructor Ratio - 1:2

4 Day Course

1 person £400 (£100 per day)

2 people: £360pp (£90pp per day)

Dmm Dragon Cam


Are you looking to take the next steps to becoming an independent climber? Our learn to lead course will get you there. ​

This 4 day course will help to refine your climbing skills and bring everything together for your first lead.  We will take a progressive approach, day by day and take the course at your pace.  

We hope to introduce all the principles of safe climbing, teach you how to judge and assess the gear, build belays, organise the stance and manage your descent.  All important and key skills in becoming an independent trad climber. 


Course Outline:

Day 1:

  • Recap tying in and belaying

  • Be guided on a multi-pitch climb

  • Assess ability and refine techniques

  • Relaxed atmosphere for climbing 

Day 2:

  • Discuss modern gear such as nuts, cams and hexes

  • Practice its placement in the rock

  • Clip into belays and tie clove hitches

  • Set a framework for safe and solid belays (ABC and IDEAS acronyms) ​


Day 3:

  • Place gear independently

  • 'In series' climbing

  • Build your own belays 

  • Learn to belay a second

  • Discuss descent and abseiling


Day 4:

  • Runner placement and management

  • Stance organisation and belay changeovers.

  • Ghost roping

  • Place gear and gain peer feedback

  • Route choice Lead climb with 1:1 coaching and instruction

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

Read more about AMI here: About AMI


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Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course

Course Ratios

1:2 Ratio - 2 people per 1 instructor

Safety is paramount so no more than 2 people per 1 instructor in technical terrain.


A party larger than 2 will require multiple instructors - we can supply instructors adhering to our ratios - please enquire.  


Wear and fit a harness correctly

Tie a rethreaded figure of eight knot

Have some experience climbing as a second

Have experience of belaying a lead climber

For those wishing to become independent climbers


All technical equipment is provided. 

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

Harness & Helmet provided but

ideally you will have your own

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


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

We can select venues close to your accommodation where possible.

We regularly use the Langdale & Borrowdale valleys. 



15th-17th April 2022 - 9:30am


6th-8th May 2022 - 9:30am


17th-19th June 2022 - 9:30am

Can't see a date that works for you? Contact us for private and bespoke courses. We are happy to discuss your ideas and tailor a programme for you

Eskdale - Leading on Granite
Eskdale - Leading on Granite

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Leading in Borrowdale
Leading in Borrowdale

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Shepherds Crag
Shepherds Crag

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Eskdale - Leading on Granite
Eskdale - Leading on Granite

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cancellation policy

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.