Learn To Lead - Trad Climbing

United Kingdom
Group size
2 - 4 people
Experience level
2 days
5 miles
Looking to start climbing outdoors? This is a two-day course focused on learning how to safely climb and belay on trad routes outside.

About the trip

This course is for those who have some indoor or outdoor rock-climbing experience and wish to advance to leading trad routes outside.

Moving from indoor climbing to real rock can be intimidating, there are lots of things to consider. This course aims to introduce climbers to leading on the real stuff!

Learn how to protect yourself when climbing on classic rock routes.

Practice skills such as:
How to select and judge leader placed protection.
Build sound belays.
Movement skills.
Finding and accessing your route.

These courses are bespoke to individuals based on their experience.

To get the most out of your course, we recommend you have a level of climbing around V2/3 or 5a (font).

There may be around 5 miles of walking per day.

We can be flexible on locations around the UK and Scotland. Please let us know where you're based and we'll arrange a suitable spot with one of our qualified outdoor guides.

Missing anything? We can help. Please email tom@guidebase.com for hire requests.

Price per person for two days


We will meet over a coffee in the morning at 0900 and run through rock climbing equipment and how to use it safely. We go over the fundamentals of climbing knots as well as the essential techniques for effective belaying and climbing. After that, we put all of this knowledge into practice by honing our climbing technique, learning about safe falls, and learning how to climb safely on the rock.

Day one may include leading or 'shadow' leading depending on confidence and ability. There's no pressure.

You can expect to cover:

Recap tying in and belaying
Discuss modern gear such autolocking belay devices, protection and harnesses
Practice placing nuts, cams, hexes and slings
Demonstrate and practice the use of this gear on the rock
Practice cleaning tead routes
Set a framework for safe and solid belays (ABC and IDEAS acronyms)
We meet again at 0900 and immediately move outside to begin the climbing. Perhaps attempting your first trad lead climbs under our careful supervision, if you feel ready! You can step up the challenge at your own speed as your competence and confidence grow. We also go over abseiling, avoiding typical issues, withdrawing from routes and some basic rescue techniques.

You can expect to cover:

Climbing technique
How to place gear
How to anticipate falls as a belayer
Basic rescue techniques


Climbing harness
Climbing hardware
Qualified instructor
Expert local knowledge

Not included

Suitable clothing
Rock climbing shoes
30L to 40L Rucksack
Lunch & Water
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