activities > peak district climbing courses > Learn to Lead Climb Multi Pitch Course
£239.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:2

Prices include:

  • All technical equipment and instruction.
  • Complimentary use of our bouldering wall after the course.
  • Complimentary refreshments.
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop

Highlights
  • Gain the skills you need to tackle multi pitch routes with confidence.
  • Low instructor to participant ratio (1:2) ensures lots of climbing and skill progression.
  • Open a world of new climbing opportunities.
Summary
The progression from leading single pitch routes to bigger multi pitch challenges can be intimidating, this course aims to give you the skills and knowledge you need to make the transition with confidence. Building on the skills you already possess as a lead climber you will develop an understanding of belay stances and rope management in a multi pitch environment. You will also begin to develop strategies for safely descending that are not generally necessary on single pitch routes.

By keeping the participant to instructor ratio low we can maximise the climbing and ensure that you get the chance to develop and refine your skills in this challenging new environment. At the end of the two days you will have a new found confidence to attempt some of the longer climbs that can be found in the UK and around the world.
Course Outcomes
  • Effective multi-pitch anchor systems
  • Multi-pitch stance management techniques
  • Basic self-rescue methods
  • Efficient methods for multiple abseil descents
  • Route reading and mental preparation for multi-pitch climbs

Course Information
Both days of the course follow a similar overall structure. Initially you will meet at our base, The Adventure Hub, where your instructor will briefly discuss the objectives for the day with you. After ensuring that everyone has the necessary equipment you will very quickly be heading out to the venue that has been chosen based on the weather and the groups aims. 

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 as each day builds on the techniques you have already learned. Expect to do a lot of climbing as you practise your new found skills.

At the end of the day you will return to The Adventure Hub for a coffee and debrief where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and decide on what your priorities should be for continued improvement.  If you have any energy left then you are welcome to use our indoor bouldering wall where a bit of friendly competition is not uncommon! 

While the exact order of teaching is based on your previous experience and ambitions a typical course will proceed something like this: Initially the focus is on refreshing and refining the skills associated with leading a traditionally protected climb including placement of gear on the lead and building safe and effective belay stances.  Quite quickly you will move onto how anchor systems can be adapted to make them more appropriate to a multi-pitch environment. Factors such as rope management in different scenarios, for example a single lead climber vs alternating leads, along with safety when leaving a stance and ability to retreat when necessary will be considered. 

The ability to descend a route safely is often a major concern when attempting multi-pitch routes so you will also look at some basic self-rescue techniques, self-protected abseils and efficient methods for linking multiple abseils together when it is necessary. Throughout all of this you will continue to work on the placement of gear while leading and the mental strategies that will help you move higher than you have ever been before.
By the end of the two days you will feel confident that you have the knowledge and skills that you need to tackle some of the taller challenges that are available to you in the UK and worldwide.
All technical equipment can be provided. Due to the nature of the course we would expect most participants to own most of the required equipment already, you are welcome to bring this along.
You should be a competent leader of single pitch routes. This could have been achieved independently or by attending our Learn to Lead Single Pitch course.
FAQs
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.
We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.
As much as many of our instructors are dog lovers, this often isn't suitable if you are booking onto a scheduled course, as we can't guarantee that other members of the group don't have an allergy or problem with dogs. If you do want to bring a pet, we will happily accommodate you if you book a private instructor for you or your group.
The course start and finish time can be found on the course information page, we always try to be back promptly for the finish time - however sometimes we can overrun depending on conditions and the group. If you have a train to catch, please ensure you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor during the course about your travel arrangements.
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.
Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:

a) Attend a scheduled course. 
These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.

b) Add a date to our schedule. 
On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.

c) Make a private booking.
All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.
All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 
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.
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