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)
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.
Recap tying in and belaying
Be guided on a multi-pitch climb
Assess ability and refine techniques
Relaxed atmosphere for climbing
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)
Place gear independently
'In series' climbing
Build your own belays
Learn to belay a second
Discuss descent and abseiling
Runner placement and management
Stance organisation and belay changeovers.
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
Professional coaching & instruction
Read more about AMI here: About AMI
Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course
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.
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
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.