activities > peak district climbing courses > Learn to Lead Climb Week
£499.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 5 Days

Ratio: 1:3

Prices include:

  • All technical equipment 
  • Free Parking 
  • Complimentary refreshments at the Adventure Hub
  • Personalised action plan
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop

Highlights
  • Low climbers: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
Summary
A full week on this Peak District Learn to Lead Climb Course will allow you to get your head around the technical aspects of climbing independently on single and multi pitch routes. This climbing course covers essential skills and is a great opportunity to put your skills to the test and walk away with some excellent lead climbing knowledge and experience.

For the first 3 days we will be exploring all aspects of single pitch climbing, tailored to suit your needs depending on your experience. With a low ratio of 1:3 (often 1:2) we can ensure that we have sufficient time to have an in depth approach to learning.

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. 

After the first part of the week you will move onto our 2 day Multi-Pitch Lead Climbing Course aimed at getting your head around multi pitch lead climbing on the sharp end of the rope. For the final 2 days we will be exploring all aspects of climbing, tailored to suit your needs depending on your experience. With a low ratio of 1:2 we can ensure that we have sufficient time to have an in depth approach to learning. You will leave with a broad range of skills allowing you to get climbing independently after the course. With this course, you must have ‘the need to lead’.
Course Outcomes
  • Developing a thorough knowledge of suitable equipment for lead climbing and learning to manage it while climbing  
  • Developing 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
Each days 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. 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 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 three day feeling confident in your ability to lead climbs independently.
All required equipment can be provided. If you have any equipment of your own then you are welcome to bring it along.
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 are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public 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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