This course is for climbers who want to get on the sharp end of a rope and lead their first indoor route. Leading any route carries risk - under careful guidance, learn best practice to control and minimise them. Our experienced instructors will help you master the principles:
Your instructor will also give you an in-depth guide to the equipment and the seemingly endless variations when it comes to belay devices, ropes, quickdraws, harness and slings.
This course is 6 hours long with a ½ hour break. Please check times when booking.
Please note - this course is only suitable for experienced top rope climbers with current belaying/top rope climbing experience (e.g. someone who has completed a beginners course and has consolidated their skills). Anyone without this level of competence will not be able to take part.
Lead climbing course was awesome! In a group of 4, we got to learn all that was required and additional tips on how to safely belay a falling climber. Very well structured! So much fun!! It would be great, if there was a follow up shorter course for those who are keen on refreshing their skills or making sure, that they have been using the skills correctly, especially if not keeping up with lead climbing regularly. Massive thank you for this experience :-)
21st October 2019
Fantastic course, very helpful - good pace and great teacher. Correct group size.
20th May 2019
Noland was very professional and adapted well to the groups competency. He gave very constructive criticisms and was very enthusiastic the whole day. Shorter “refresher” courses would be great as well
19th May 2019
I really enjoyed the day, the instructor was very knowledgeable and able to answer any question throw at them, I think it was an excellent investment in my safety and enjoyment of the sport and also for those I climb with.
1st May 2019
Small group size and excellent instruction, learnt so much during the course, would highly reccommend
29th April 2019
Generally a great course. Learnt a lot, the instructor was fantastic.
25th February 2019
Great atmosphere, great coaching. Day went so quickly didn't even realise. Great day at MECW. Very detailed caourse, very professional with ton of fun as well. Highly recommended!!!! Wouldn't change a thing ! Thanks Jakub
5th November 2018
Spot on the instructor. Obviously is a person with lot of years of experience and passion for what he is doing. I wish the course would be longer for two reason. The first one, it is the fact the course has a decent amount of content, for that reason more hours allow to teach more aspects of lead climbing and also allows to stop on spefics topics if someone hasn't fully understood that bit. On the hand, I believe more hours would allow to practice and that way build the confidence and spot mistakes. I would like to suggest having a lead improver session, the way you do with the top improver session. I think it will act favourably on both sides, since it will get more regular customer to the climbing wall and people will get the chance to find a partner for lead climbing and practicing under the eye of highly trained staff.
2nd June 2018
Very clear instructions and individual approach for a group course which was great. Would be nicr if after the session there would have been time time to still do stuff, but the center was closing.
8th April 2018