Learn To Lead Course Details


Who is the course suitable for?

Our 2 day Learn to Lead Rock Climbing Course suits anyone who has a reasonable amount of experience climbing outside as a second and now wants to develop the skills to lead safely and efficiently.  It also suits anyone who’s previously attended our 2 day Intermediate Rock Climbing Course. 

The specific focus of this course is to introduce the skills needed for safe lead climbing on single pitch crags.  The course is suitable for adults of all ages and we are happy to have participants as young as 16 although under 18’s need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  If you want us to arrange a similar event for groups under 16 please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.


What is the format of the day?

We will meet at 9.00am in at the village of Hathersage which is right in the heart of the Peak District National Park (full joining instructions will be sent with your booking confirmation).  We are very keen to help protect this precious natural environment (details of our Environment Policy are here) so if you don’t have a car we can collect you at the local train station and if you are travelling by bus we can also pick you up and drive you to the venue.  Once introductions are complete we’ll head out to one of the many world class venues around the park and get started.

After kitting everyone up with safety equipment and introducing some key climbing skills we’ll focus on getting plenty of time on the rock.  Climbing venues are always selected to ensure there is a range of challenge levels so you won’t be left struggling on climbs that are too difficult or be short of routes to challenge you either.

We stay out for the full day so be sure to bring food and drink for lunch at the crag.

The ratios for our Learn to Lead courses are very low (1 instructor to 2 clients) so participants get the maximum chance to develop their skills.

During the 2 days you’ll try a selection of climbs and learn a broad ‘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.   We’ll also visit a variety of venues to give you a thorough taste of the amazing climbing the Peak District has to offer. 

The selection of techniques covered will include:

  • 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!

The days will typically end at about 5.00pm.


Who will be looking after me?

Peak Mountaineering prides itself on the quality of its instructors and our excellent reputation.  The instructor that leads your day will be fully qualified and fully insured.  They will be also be one of our close knit instructor team and personally known to us.  We only use instructors who know the area well so they can ensure you visit the best climbing venues and get the most from your day.  

Having said all that, we know that the views of past clients are probably your best guide to the quality of our provision.  Please take the time to read the independent reviews clients have left before you book.  


Where can I stay?

The Peak District has a wealth of accommodation options to suit all budgets. There are plenty of ideas in suitable locations available on our accommodation guide here.


What do I need to bring?

We provide all the technical equipment including harnesses and helmets (although you are welcome to bring your own if you have them) so all you need is suitable clothing and lunch.  Long trousers that you can move in freely and warm upper layers are ideal.  

The best footwear is climbing shoes specifically designed for rock climbing. We have a selection of climbing shoes in various sizes which we will happily lend you free of charge.  You will also need a pair of boots or supportive shoes suitable for descending difficult terrain.  

Please also bring a set of waterproofs as the weather can change significantly over the course of a day.


Other benefits for Peak Mountaineering customers

We have negotiated some great discounts with a selection of great retailers for all course participants.  Full details will be sent with your booking information but you also can have a look at what’s available here.

Finally…..a selection of other frequently asked questions can be found here and if you need any other information don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01433 620283 or click on the enquiry form tab to request places .