Trad Development-
Climbing course

For those looking to build upon their climbing knowledge and progress towards being autonomous in their climbing.  Trad climbing skills for UK climbing.

3 Day Course

1 person: £540 (£180 per day)

2 people: £300pp (£100pp per day)

3 people: £255pp (£85pp per day)

4 people: £225pp (£75pp per day)

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This course would suit novice climbers looking to progress, improver climbers, those looking to build safe practice or those looking at progressing from indoor to outdoor rock climbing and trad climbing.  We will use a mixture of 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:

The aim on this day will be to get you moving on the rock outdoors

On the day we will:

  • Tying in and refinement of this skill

  • Belaying & how to belay a lead climber

  • Climbing equipment - nuts, cams and hexes

  • Removing climbing gear whilst climbing

  • Seconding climbs and learning the systems

  • Learning climbing calls 

Day 2:

  • Movement skills/coaching

  • Different belay devices and their uses 

  • Looking at placing climbing gear

  • Tying clove hitches

  • Building belays (ABC, IDEAS principles) 

  • Learn to belay a second

Day 3:

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

  • Tying into the belay safely 

  • Stance organisation and belay changeovers

  • Belay a second on routes

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

  • Safe descent, abseiling and rope retrieval

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

1:2 ratio 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.

Please use the book now button to make an enquiry for a course and check our availability to run a course for you 

2022 Dates - 3 day course 

Starting on:

13th July 

10th August

Looking for a bespoke course?

For further information and enquiries, please use the contact form

Bracket & Slab Climb
Bracket & Slab Climb

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Belaying - Kettle Crag
Belaying - Kettle Crag

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Mock Leading - Scout Crag
Mock Leading - Scout Crag

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Bracket & Slab Climb
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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