Introduction To Lead Climbing - 2 Day
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 2 People to 1 instructor

Introduction To Lead Climbing - 2 Day

  • Climb
  • Rock Climbing
  • Intermediate


You've got the basics of outdoor climbing and want to start lead climbing, or you may already be leading indoors, or on bolted sport routes. This two day course will equip you with all the skills you need to get out and lead climb with confidence. Our friendly, highly qualified instructors will get you out climbing and honing your lead climbing skills whilst sharing their expert knowledge on; guidebook interpretation, route selection and grades, placing protection, clipping and ropework, building belays, climbing movement technique, abseiling, and some simple problem solving.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

You'll gain an understanding of what's required to lead rock climbs, and have chance to practice your leading skills.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

The aim of the course is to help you progress towards leading independently. This will be carefully tailored to suit your ability - as well as your aspirations. We feel it's very important to select climbs that match your skill level, in order to safely develop your confidence.

Each morning the course staff will decide on a venue which is best suited to the weather conditions and the group. Our programme's flexible, and a high staff to student ratio allows us to focus on individual needs. We'll normally climb on multi pitch crags on both days. Over the weekend we intend to look at the following areas;

Personal equipment (and racking it)

Gear placement

On the sharp end - the process of leading

Mental preparation

Lead belaying

Stance organisation

Abseil retreats

Emergency procedures

Judgement, route choice and route finding

Experience Required

You should have already mastered the basics. If you're leading indoors or on sport climbs this is a great start, if not, then you should've spent a bit of time following friends up trad climbs.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you to achieve your goals so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and home-cooked food are part of the deal if you've booked accommodation with us - you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. We'll also cover your in-course transport, and can arrange station pick up & drop off if you're travelling by train.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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This course will help you become

A safe lead climber

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Plas y Brenin will be temporarily closed from 6pm on Friday 23rd of October, until Monday 9th November.