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The complete learn to lead package. A true zero to hero. Not only will you come away a confident, independent Sport & trad climber, but you'll be well schooled in rescue techniques, different rock types, problem solving, navigating to remote crags, falling off and much more! 

Learn to lead - 5 days



Location: Snowdonia

Experience: Some indoor leading is recomended but not explicitly required. This idealy you will have been leading indoors and done some outdoor climbing.

Ratio: 1:2 (Works best with two people)

Duration: 5 days

Price: £290 per person (When two people book together). 


What to Expect


Expect to come away extremely happy an well versed in all aspects of Outdoor Climbing.



  • Becoming a competed 2nd
  • Sport Climbing: leading, lowering off, assessing anchors. 
  • Anchors: Building, Placement, removal, Selection, Attachment, Equalization.
  • Equipment use: Harness, ropes, helmet, protection, extending runners.
  • Technical Skills: Knots, Belaying leader & second, lowering
  • Using the guidebook: Crag & Climb selection, Grades
  • Route Selection, and route finding
  • Confidence Building, and movement skills
  • Personal Abseiling (rappeling), use of the prusik knot & Lowering
  • Theories into practice
  • Basic problem solving
  • Rescue skills
  • Principals of Leading and simulated Lead climbing
  • Actual trad leading 
  • Looking after two 2nds
  • Falling clinic - includes an evening session at the indoor wall. 
  • Seacliff climbing intro
itinerary Example  
Day 1: Sport Climbing: Leading, 2nding, lowering off, abseiling, falling.
Day 2: Trad intro: Becoming competent 2nds + intro to lead.
Day 3: First trad leads multi-pitch trad + mountain day
Day 4: Pushing the grade, multi-pitch trad leading with basic rescue skills.
Day 5: Sea Cliff climbing
The plan 
Meet: Normally we meet at 8:15 or 9 am in a cafe, either Pete's eats in Llanberis, Moel Siabod in Capel Curig, or Eric Jones at Tremadog, or South stack Cafe depending on what is most convenient for you and our plan for the day. - Joining instructions will be sent out upon booking. 
Drive: A short drive, then a short walk to a suitable climbing area.
Activities: As a general ethos we aim to teach as we climb. We won't spend very long standing around, expect to learn hands-on by actually going climbing and look at each skill, technique and learning point as its appropriate. 
Finish: Around 4:30-5pm

What to bring

Warm ‘outdoor’ clothing (including full waterproofs), packed lunch, water, sun cream, mosquito spray, walking boots or trainers, Rucksack. Any climbing Equipment you own. Click here for a full kit list. 

What is included

  • Guiding & Instruction from a Qualified instructor
  • Any Equipment you require
  • Photos
  • Tea and Snacks
  • We may be able to provide free transport to/from the climbing area



Our Climbing courses are mostly in Snowdonia National Park. We'll usually meet in a cafe and have a quick introduction over a cuppa, and decide on where to go. We'll pick the most suitable location based on you, the objectives and the weather. If the weather is good it's nice to head to a crag in the mountains, if the forecast is looking bad then we'll often seek dry rock at Tremadog, the Molwyns or Holyhead.  
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