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  BMC Introduction to Sport Leading


Peak District


£50 per person


1 day

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A one day workshop looking at leading sports climbs outside for BMC club members.

This one day workshop looks at leading sports climbs outside. During the day you will look at safety equipment and safe techniques for threading anchors, stripping routes and dealing with routes that you cant get up! If appropriate you may have the opportunity to get on the sharp end during the day. The day will be spent at a crag developing these skills and then testing your rope systems.

As the day is spent outside learning by doing, please make sure you have the equipment needed to spend 6 hours outside potentially in damp weather.

Course Dates
Due to COVID 19, courses are currently cancelled.

Fri 21 August – Grindleford

Meeting Point

The course will meet in Grindleford at 0900. It has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

Start 09:00 Grindleford

We start with a short chat to introduce the course and ourselves and also work out individuals knowledge before heading out. During the day we will cover:

  • How to re-thread and lower off a sport route
  • Different types of lower-off commonly found
  • Checking bolts and lower-offs for wear
  • Assertive belaying and ‘not belaying right underneath the climber’
  • Developing good belaying habits and ropework.
  • If appropriate (weather, location and participant allowing) intro to lead climbing including clipping and re-threading
  • Device matched to rope diameter and difference in weight between the climber and belay-er, especially important on new ropes
  • Stripping a sport route
  • Dealing with steep routes/ traverses
  • Using a clip-stick to pre-clip the first bolt of a climb
  • Leaving a rope clipped to the first quickdraw to safeguard subsequent attempts
  • Review of day and ‘what next advice’

Close 17:00

Equipment Required

A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the course.

Recommended Reading

Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!), we give some detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in the Joining Instructions.


This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate and most courses start from here. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


Candidates should have experience of leading traditional rock climbs and be a proficient second. There is no minimum required climbing grade.

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