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Introduction to lead climbing on rock

Lead climbing on rock is the next progressive step after top-roping on outdoor rock climbs. It's not for everyone but when undertaken in a safe and considered way it can lead you through some wonderful experiences and into some fabulously wild terrain.

Lead Climbing on Rock

Our one-day introduction to lead climbing on rock course teaches the essential skills required to begin lead climbing outdoors. Intended for those wanting to learn traditional rock climbing in a structured and supportive atmosphere.

The course is suitable for those who have already experienced rock climbing, are familiar with the principle of lead climbing but who need to understand how to keep it safe.

Introduction to Lead Climbing on Rock, course content:

  • Passive and dynamic protection and how to place it.
  • Methods of attaching slings as anchors
  • Methods for attaching ropes as anchors
  • Managing your rope whilst climbing
  • Belaying effectively as a second
  • How to keep safe at the top of the crag
  • Belaying from the top of the crag

Course Schedule

One-Day Course We will look at essential equipment and how to use it, placement of protection, good anchor choice, how to setup your ropes at the top of the crag and how to manage your second climber from the top of the climb.

Note: There are many skills to learn to become proficient at lead-climbing, it is an element of climbing that must only be tackled with the utmost of respect. If you are not yet ready for this course please consider our 'Introduction to Rock Climbing Course'

Prices per Day

We can provide courses for any number of days but a one day course is ideal to learn or brush up on the basic skills needed to get you lead climbing on rock. Any additional days will serve to extend your knowledge beyond the minimum

1 - 4 people £300

Introduction to rock climbing course

Climbing Instructor ratio

We see that operating with a small instructor to client ratio is the safest and quickest way to learn the essential skills of lead climbing. We will therefore only work to a maximum of 1:4 Instructor:Client.

Equipment Required

We will provide any equipment that is essential for the course to be safe and successful. It would be advantageous however for you to bring along any equipment that you do own, to inspect and become familiar with before you use it on your own.

If you need to borrow a harness or shoes please let us know your waist and shoe size when booking. Note: If you have your own climbing shoes, helmet, harness or belay plate or other equipment, please bring them along.

The weather cannot necessarily be predicted so please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers. As outdoor rock climbing venues are often remote we recommend a comfortable and sturdy footwear for walking to and from the climbing areas. Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Pre-requisite Fitness Levels

If you are currently climbing then you probably know that you are in good condition to be on the course. We would appreciate however that you confidentially inform your instructor of any injuries or pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate. This may help the instructor gauge your ability more effectively and to improve your overall enjoyment  of the course.

How to Book

You can book onto the Introduction to Lead Climbing on Rock Course by contacting the Delaware Outdoor Education Centre directly or by completing the attached form. please nite that all participants will need to complete the application form. Please return by email or post, stating the total number attending.


Paul Seymour
Delaware Outdoor Education Centre
Tel: 01822 833885

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