BSO The Building Blocks of Lead Climbing

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 leading trad climbs.

Suitability: This course is for over 16's only.

Trad 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

Participants details

We need participants names to fill in the course registers and pass to the instructors. If you are purchasing an activity for somebody else please make sure to pass on the booking details to them.

What you will get out of the day

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.

Recommended kit

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.

Meeting times and logistics

​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

Elsewhere on Alpkit

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, Revo cams are 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

Tag Description
Provided By Thornbridge Outdoors
Student / Instructor Ratio 6:1
Location Offsite: Peak District grit
Min age 16

General advice

  • The School of Adventure is run by the Alpkit Foundation and all courses are with qualified instructors.
  • To participate in School of Adventure activities you must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket.
  • Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket may be cancelled and refunded.
  • Course times indicate the time you will be leaving from your meeting point to returning to it.
  • Your instructor will require you to sign a participation form before your activity commences. Children under 18 must get their form signed by their accompanying parent or guardian.
  • For courses offsite you will have to provide your own transport.
  • Courses will start without you if you are late.
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