activities> peak district climbing courses > Learn to Lead Climb Package (1 + 2)
£439.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 4 Days

Ratio: 1:3

What you get:

  • Expert Tuition
  • All technical equipment
  • Free Parking 
  • Complimentary refreshments at The Adventure Hub
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop
Learn to Lead Climb Package (1 + 2)
Do you have a massive capacity for learning, boundless energy and an insatiable appetite for great climbing adventures. This course will arm you with the skills and experience you need to fully launch off into the world of lead climbing. Do you have ‘the need to lead’?
Highlights
  • Low climber to instructor ratio to maximise climbing time
  • Learn all the skills required to lead climbs safely, efficiently and with confidence
  • Gain experience on the world class single pitch routes of the Peak District
Course Overview

An intense four days on this Peak District Learn to Lead Climb Course will equip you to independently tackle single pitch routes with confidence.

This course is an amalgamation of our Learn to Lead Climb (1) and Learn to Lead Climb Improvers (2) courses. As such we will be exploring all aspects of single pitch climbing, tailored to suit your needs depending on your experience. 


During the course you’ll try a selection of climbs and learn a ‘toolbox’ of essential lead climbing techniques to ensure you leave the course confident that you can safely lead climb on shorter climbs under your own steam. Lead climbing skills are introduced safely and progressively by highly experienced instructors to ensure you get the most from your course. By the end of the course you will have had a great opportunity to put your skills to the test and walk away with some excellent lead climbing knowledge and experience.

Our training centre 'The Adventure Hub' has an indoor climbing facility along with a rope rigging skills and training area. Of course, we are all ready to take you climbing outside on real rock, but for those rainy days when we have exhausted our selection of sheltered crags, it's a great facility and exclusive to Pure Outdoor.

Course Outcomes
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of suitable equipment for lead climbing and learning to manage it while climbing  
  • Develop a full understanding of climbing grade systems for single-pitch climbs and learn how to select appropriate initial lead climbs 
  • Crag etiquette and best practice when climbing at busy venues 
  • Skills for efficiently placing protection 
  • Skills for building efficient belay stances on single-pitch climb 
  • Efficient rope management and belaying on lead climbs 
  • Developing movement skills to aid lead climbing  
  • Dealing with common problems that might occur while leading
  • Plenty of climbing!
Course Information

YOUR LEARN TO LEAD COURSE

4 DAYS
9.30 - 16:30


ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB

Each day follows a similar 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.


COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT

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.


TRAVEL TO CLIMB LOCATION

Most of the venues that we use are approximately 15 minutes drive from The Adventure Hub 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.


PRACTICAL CLIMBING SESSIONS

Initially the focus is on introducing, refreshing and refining the skills associated with seconding a climb including effective and safe belaying of a lead climber. This is an excellent way to begin the process of understanding the different types of climbing equipment and how to use them appropriately and efficiently. It is also an opportunity to look at the principles of climbing anchor systems.


After reviewing and practising the placement of climbing protection you will move on to actually leading a climb. This process will be safeguarded in a variety of ways by your instructor as they slowly work to improve your confidence and abilities. You may find your first attempt at leading is protected from above by a top rope or your instructor may opt to ascend a rope next to you so they can offer advice and assistance at any part of the climb.


You will continue to improve the placement of protection, develop rope management skills, learn alternative options for anchors as well as working on the mental aspects of lead climbing. At each stage you will find yourself making progressively more decisions about how to approach a climb with your instructor always available to advise. By slowly removing any direct help in a controlled and safe environment while all the time refining and adapting your new found skills your instructor will ensure that you finish the four days feeling confident in your ability to lead climbs independently and over more technical terrain.


BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB

At the end of each day we will return to the Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for the following day and future climbing adventures.

  • 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!)
Some previous climbing experience along with a good level of general fitness is required. Participants who are already operating at the level of a competent second, perhaps by attending our Improvers Climbing Course, will gain the most from this course.
FAQs
Start time: 09:30 - Finish time:16:30. Please note, these times areapproximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when bookingpublic transport.
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.
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.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses, either with or without an accompanying adult.
We do hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, 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!
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.
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.
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