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Rock climbing courses

Our rock climbing courses are designed to offer structured and supportive learning opportunities to help people gain further knowledge and become independent climbers.

LDM are affiliated with Mountain Training to provide approved training for Rock Skills courses at all levels.  LDM are one of the approved providers to run these courses on behalf Mountain Training, the organisation that oversees qualifcations and skills pathways for outdoor particpants and professionals. 

There are different levels available so you can choose the most appropriate course for you, based on your current skill level and experience. 

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Lake District Mountaineering are an approved course provider for all of the Mountain Training skills courses. 

This means our courses are professional and moderated to standard, therefore they come with a stamp of approval from the UK awarding body for outdoor training and qualifications. 

Joining an approved Mountain Training course guarantees you are receiving the best training from skilled and experienced instructors.  

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Rock skills:


A Rock Skills Introduction course is ideal for beginner climbers; those who have never climbed on rock and those with limited experience of climbing indoors.   

We will cover putting on a harness and tying in to a rope, belaying, abseiling and moving on rock.  Good for beginners, families and those that just want to have a go! 

This is a Mountain Training affiliated course

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introduction to trad climbing

Rock climbing:

intro to trad course

Our Intro to Trad course is designed to get you moving outside on rock and open the door to rock climbing in the UK. 

We will be looking at movement techniques, tactics for outdoor climbing, rope work, belaying and trad gear; how it works & how to place it. 

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Rock Skills:


Rock Skills Intermediate courses are aimed at people with some experience of climbing (indoors or outdoors) who want to improve their movement skills on rock, develop their ropework skills and move towards becoming an independent rock climber.  A perfect follow on from the Rock Skills Introduction. 

This is a Mountain Training affiliated course

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climbing development course

Rock climbing:

trad development

The Trad Development course is for those looking to gain more confidence and experience in their trad climbing.  This course looks more in depth at building belays, trusting gear placements and furthering understanding of safe practice.  Lay all the building blocks towards safe and independent climbing.

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Rock climbing:

Learn to Lead Trad 

A Learn to Lead Trad Climbs course is all about learning trad climbing skills including how to place protection, build belays and move in an assured manner on rock.  This course allows you to gain confidence in the complexities of gear placement and get to grips with nuts, cams and hexes.

This is a Mountain Training affiliated course

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lead climb coaching

Rock climbing:

lead climb coaching

This is the course for those looking to gain confidence in their trad leading.  Check in on your skillset as we look at the tactical, technical and psychological elements of climbing to aid your progression in climbing. 

Bespoke and tailored to suit you and your goals. 

Multi-Pitch Climbing with Lake District Mountaineering

Rock climbing:

Multi Pitch Climbing

This course is for trad climbers looking to move into multi-pitch climbs and includes building belays, runner placement, stance management, rope work skills and safe descent.  Join us to move safely into multi-pitch terrain. 

Climbers rescue course in the Lake District

Rock climbing:

Self Rescue for Climbers

This course focusses on improvised rescue techniques for climbing.  This includes skills such as tying off a belay plate, hoisting climbers and escaping the system.  This course is recommended for those looking to be safe on mountain crags, sea cliffs and multi-pitch climbs.

WHAT customers SAY

Tying in to a belay when trad climbing

Been on a few trad climbing and scrambling days with Sam from Lake District Mountaineering and each outing has been absolutely brilliant.
The experience is perfect for somebody wanting to try something new. Sam's knowledge is fantastic and I've truly learned a lot each session.

Using a safety lanyard for climbing

Sam gave us a brilliant two days of instruction on the Rock Skills Intermediate course. All his instruction was very clear with the opportunity to ask lots of questions and he provided a nice mix of hands-on experience but also opportunities to practice our skills. He also gave us some great coaching tips to improve our climbing both indoors and outdoors. Throughout the whole course, I felt safe and at ease.

A direct belay for scrambling

Have no climbing experience, so tried this beginner course. Was very impressed with the organisation and communications before the event. Naturally this continued from the time we met until departure at 4pm. The day passed really quickly and was great fun. 


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

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