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Climbing courses in North Wales
Lead Climbing

Learning how to lead a climb is a big step in a climber's development.

Being in control of your gear placements, belays and route choice is incredibly empowering. It’s just brilliant, it’s what we live for! Are you ready?

“Being a safe lead climber literally opens up a world of new adventures.”

Courses from two to five days.

Whether you are a seasoned leader wanting a weekend confidence boost and coaching, or maybe you’ve seconded a few routes and now a thorough five-day skills download is what you need, we can deliver a course to suit you.

All the skills of modern outdoor traditional rock climbing. All you need is some experience seconding routes, and importantly, a real desire to lead routes outdoors.

Focus on developing the skills of being a safe, efficient and independent outdoor climber. With the knowledge and confidence to take your adventures to the next level.


Skills and concepts we will typically cover…

 

This will depend on your experience as well as desired outcomes. We’ll listen to your aspirations, and consider your current experience level. We aim to tailor each days instruction to your aims.

Movement skills

Movement is at the top of the list for a reason. It’s key to progressing safely and makes the climbing experience truly enjoyable.  Develop specific movement patterns and good habits for a lifetime of top climbing style.

Planning a day out climbing

You’ll learn the considerations and planning processes that will most likely result in a successful day out climbing.  The weather, your team, venue choice, what to have in your bag, guide book interpretation, specific kit requirements, clothing thoughts, colour schemes on the crag…

Safe use of the rope
Well-tied knots, good belaying a lead climber, belaying from the top of the route. Seconding routes efficiently, with an eye to moving on to lead pitches.

Modern anchors and rope systems
Nuts, cams, hexes and slings – when and how to use them properly. Selecting anchors, placing equipment, rating placements and joining them together to make safe systems are all key skills.

Abseiling

  • Setting up yourself and the rope to abseil down the rope
  • Using a back- up prusik
  • Making a retrievable abseil
  • The dangers of abseiling and how to make it safer

Leading routes

Mental preparation and control is certainly part of keeping the experience fun and rewarding.

There are a lot of technicalities to consider. Sneaky placement tips, extending pieces properly, double and single rope work, route tactics…

There is a lot to cover before committing to leading any pitch of rock climbing and loads of ways of getting to grips with the skills required.  So let’s get started soon! We’ll only get you on the sharp end, leading, when it becomes appropriate.


The multi-pitch environment

Bigger cliff considerations

  • Assessing any dangers of the route
  • Breaking the route and each pitch down into manageable chunks
  • Stance management and rope techniques
  • Approach and descent awareness
  • Being hazard conscious
  • Climbing etiquette on busy cliffs / routes

The four and five-day courses also cover…

Get lots of mileage on different rock types, making you a much more rounded climber. From jugs on Gogarth sea cliffs to slate micro crimps – brilliant!

Advanced ropework, double rope technique, protecting traverses, hanging stances and rope management. There is a lot to think about!

The longer courses give the opportunity to develop and consolidate in more detail. We’ll also develop skills using other aspects of climbing such as bouldering and sport climbing.

Basic self-rescue skills
Escaping the system and assisted hoists for when your second is finding it tough.

Route tactics
Resting, climbing back down to prevent pumped arms, pre-racking gear and advanced lead belaying technique.

Prices for your bespoke learn to lead dates…

days number of people total group price
2 2-3 £400
3 2-3 £600
4 2-3 £800
5 2-3 £950

The minimum group size is two so you can share the experience and help each other learn effectively. Because we like to keep it personal and safe, the biggest group we can accommodate is three. If you’re coming with a larger group that’s fine, just get in touch.

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Location

Snowdonia and Anglesey, North Wales

Equipment

technical kit can be provided

your kit list

Level

some experience of seconding routes required

Duration

two days to five

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