Learn to Lead
Lead climbing truly is the pinnacle of indoor climbing. Our learn to lead course will equip you with all the knowledge you need to not only climb safely with the rope below you, but also belay a lead climber safely and efficiently. In addition to the technical content we will also introduce some more advanced climbing and movement skills which not only make lead climbing easier, but also more enjoyable.
Upcoming open sessions:
None at this time
You should be able to comfortably toprope most grade 5 indoor climbs before coming on the course. Ideally you will be climbing at or above 6a standard indoors. While this may seem restrictive it ensures you have the toprope experience required and have a certain amount of climbing skill, stamina and endurance, required for this physically demanding course.
The exception to this are climbing partners who know they will not lead climb but want to be able to belay their partner safely and effectively. Please let us know if this describes you.
What will you learn?
- Lead climbing equipment
- Belaying a lead climber
- Safe and effective clipping
- Fall mechanics and dynamic belaying
- Efficient climbing movement
What can you expect?
Learn to lead climb safely, effectively and methodically. You will learn correct lead clipping and lead belaying technique with a clear focus on good, safe and consistent technique.
After the usual introductions, safety brief and warm up, your instructor will start by introducing you to the dark art of clipping. Through a methodical approach in our teaching we aim to eradicate the majority of clipping problems before you even get off the ground. On to the topic of belaying and the specific techniques required to keep your climber safe should longer falls occur. This is followed by some practical experience in both clipping and belaying in a simulated setting and the safety of a toprope.
Don't be fooled though, while the content may not appear to be a lot, the increased risk of "hitting the deck" in lead climbing means you will repeat each section until your instructor is satisfied with your performance.
Armed with the relevant knowledge we will then steadily decrease the influence of the toprope, hopefully leading up to your first actual lead climb at your instructor's discretion.
What do you need to bring?
You will already be a competent toprope climber and as such possess suitable toprope climbing equipment. If you use any specialist belay devices (anything other than a standard tube device, e.g. ATC, Bug etc) please let us know when booking so we can prepare accordingly. We provide all ropes used in the training, but feel free to bring your own if you have it.