Learning to lead climb is one of the biggest and most important steps that climbers can make, this course is the perfect first step for anyone wanting to start lead climbing outdoors.
Suitability: This course is for over 16's only.
Lead climbing involves greater risk and requires commitment but the rewards are worth it. The experience of climbing independently and toping out on top of the world's natural crags has few equals.
This course will help make the transition to becoming a lead climber easier and give you the confidence and skills to start leading your own rock climbs in safety. The session will take place on a gritstone crag in the Peak District, an area renowned for world class leading at every grade of difficulty.
BSO The Building Blocks of Lead Climbing in pictures
This introductory course will focus on the practical side of lead climbing, placing gear, belays and managing ropes. The course will also touch upon your movement on the rock and a little of the psychology of lead climbing. This course is ideally suited to someone who is looking to take their next step up the climbing ladder before committing to a full weeks lead climbing course. You should be a competent indoor lead climber, be able to tie your own harness, belay and clip bolts.
Personal climbing equipment we would expect you to have would be; boots, chalkbag and a rucksack for carrying stuff to the crag. If you have you have some shiny new gear of your own and want to try it out then bring it along.
September can be chilly, so dress accordingly and remember you could spend a lot of time standing around.
This course will run offsite, so please make sure you are at the SofA meeting point at least 10 minutes before the starting time. You will need your own transport, but your instructor will try to arrange car sharing where possible.
Meet at the SofA meeting point
Transfer by car to the climbing venue (30 mins circa.)
Walk to the crag and commence course
Return to Thornbridge
A few goodies that might help you get the most out of this course.
Alien Revolution Cams
The ultimate small cam for protecting peg scarred faces, a firm favourite amongst trad climbers
Original Alien Cams
The ultimate small cam for protecting peg scarred faces, a firm favourite amongst big wall climbers
Belay device for 1 or 2 ropes with auto-blocking/ guide mechanism for seconds
Fixe ProLite Evo
240 g climbing helmet, comfortable and lightweight
Fixe Montgrony Quickset
Set of 4 snapgate quickdraws with 16 cm extender slings
|Provided By||Thornbridge Outdoors|
|Student / Instructor Ratio||6:1|
|Location||Offsite: Peak District grit|
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