Learn to Lead Sport Climbing Course

Learn to lead sport climbing routes in the Peak District


You've been honing your skills at the indoor wall and are ready to step outside to tackle bolted routes on real rock. We will build on what you know to ensure that you can get safely up and back down again. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to improve your technique and broaden your experience. Before you know it you'll be clipping the anchor and looking for your next challenge.

Learn to Lead Sport Climbing Course

Price : £225.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:4

Minimum age : 18

What's Included :
  • All technical instruction and equipment
  • Complimentary use of our bouldering wall after the course
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

Share Course :


  • Learn all the skills required to lead climbs safely, efficiently and with confidence
  • Experience a range of different venues in the beautiful Peak District

Course Overview

If you have already done some climbing and are looking to gain the skills and confidence that you need to become a lead climber on bolted sport routes then this is the course for you. Over two days you will learn a 'toolbox' of essential sport lead climbing techniques that will allow you to operate successfully as an independent climber. By keeping the ratio of students to instructors low we ensure that we have sufficient time to have an in-depth approach to your learning. This detailed instruction combined with the wealth of single pitch sport climbs that are available to us in the Peak District means that you will have had lots of opportunity to put what you learn into practice.

Lead climbing skills are introduced safely and progressively by our highly experienced instructors to ensure that you get the most from your course. You will learn everything you need to know to select an appropriate climb, climb the route safely and efficiently and then thread the anchors in a safe and controlled way to return to the ground. By the end of the two days you will feel confident that you can safely lead climb on bolt protected single pitch routes under your own steam.

Course Outcomes

  • Gain a thorough knowledge of suitable equipment for lead climbing
  • Be able to safely thread any of the various anchors you may encounter
  • Understand correct and efficient placement of protection equipment while climbing
  • Know how to deal with common problems that might occur while leading
  • Understand techniques for rope management and belaying for lead climbs
  • Develop movement skills to improve lead climbing
  • Understand climbing grading systems and use them to select appropriate routes
  • Have a knowledge of climbing etiquette and environmental issues
  • Do a lot of climbing!

Course Information


9.30 - 16:30

Two days of learning new skills and refining existing ones to give you the confidence to tackle bolted single pitch climbs completely independently.

Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and you own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.

You'll begin by checking through any equipment you have brought along with you and picking up anything else that is required from our stores as well as ensuring you are equipped for whatever the weather may throw at you.

The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Most of the venues that we use are approximately 15 minutes drive from our office and when you arrive you can expect to walk for between 5 and 15 minutes to reach the rock itself.


You will spend the whole day working on practical, hands on activities. Initially the focus is on introducing, refreshing and refining the skills associated with climbing on real rock, particularly if your experience is mostly of indoor climbing. Soon the emphasis moves to lead climbing itself where you will learn how to correctly and efficiently clip bolts, develop rope management skills and understand how to safely attach to an anchor and return to the ground. At each stage you will find yourself making progressively more decisions about how to approach a climb with your instructor always available to advise.

Once we are off the hill we will return to the Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the days adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for your ongoing climbing adventure.

  • We can provide all technical equipment including harness, helmet and rock shoes but if you have any of your own gear please feel free to bring it along
  • Clothing suited to the weather (waterproofs, warm tops, etc )
  • Good comfortable footwear for walking to the crag
  • A good supply of snacks and a drink
  • Sun cream, hat and sunglasses (you just never know!)

Regular climbing experience, either indoor or outdoor, along with a good level of general fitness is required. Participants who are already operating at the level of at least 6a indoors or have some indoor and outdoor experience will gain the most from this course.

  • As a Certified B Corp, we’re one of a growing number of global businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.
  • Our well-equipped training centre, The Adventure Hub, is Carbon Neutral.
  • We encourage car sharing wherever feasible.
  • We encourage the use of public transport on all our courses. Bamford Railway Station is 5 minutes' walk and we enjoy direct bus connections to Sheffield and nearby villages.
  • We offer free camping kit for guests staying locally and looking to cut down on luggage.
  • Our staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of its life, we do so appropriately.
  • We operate in small teams at low ratios to reduce our impact on the venues we use and other countryside users.
  • We donate 5% of the value of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation.

  • The physical and mental benefits of outdoor activities are numerous and well documented, we firmly believe that those benefits should be available to as many people as possible.

  • If you are interested in experiencing any of our activities but feel unable to do so then please contact us to discuss your specific needs, we will always try to find a solution that works for you.

  • There are a range of simple adaptions we can make to our scheduled courses such as choosing venues with minimal walking or easy access to toilet facilities, providing cold storage facilities for temperature sensitive medications, allowing additional time or arranging for participants to be accompanied by a trusted aide.

  • When participation as part of an open group isn't appropriate we can arrange private tuition. This allows for a more tailored approach and a much wider range of adaptions such as assisted climbing and abseiling techniques for participants with significant physical or mobility issues.

  • If private tuition is unaffordable then we can sometimes offer subsidised places to bring the price back in line with our scheduled courses .These are provided by the Pure Outdoor Foundation whose goal is to bring as many people as possible into the outdoors, please enquire about availability.

  • Clear communication before the activity is crucial so, as well as telephone and email conversations, we can also arrange to meet participants directly at a venue days or weeks beforehand to identify any specific barriers and begin addressing any anxieties.


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.

We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!

This course is a non-residential course, so we do not provide any accommodation. However there are many amazing places to stay locally. Take a look at our accommodation guide in the info section for more information.

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £240 inc vat per day. (Click here to book a private course)