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Lead Climbing Introduction Week


Peak District


£475 per person


5 days

Max. Ratio:

1:4 then 1:2

This learn to lead climb course is for people with some experience of rock climbing who want to develop their skills, tactics and techniques and take the sharp end of the rope.

Beyond the Edge is one of the most experienced providers of rock climbing courses in the UK. The instructors are highly qualified and both hugely knowledgable and fun. You will be encouraged to go at your own pace and climb routes within your ability whilst improving your skills in a supportive environment.

During the course we will tackle some of the classic Peak District climbs to give you a thorough technical grounding and a week of amazing experiences.

An average learn to lead climb course participant will have some climbing wall experience and possibly may have lead climbs indoors. They may also have climbed outdoors and may know some of the basics about placing protection and rigging anchors.

Course Dates

Sat 31 Aug – Wed 4 Sept
Sat 19 – Wed 23 Oct

Bespoke Dates

If there are no dates suitable, and there are two or more of you that want to learn to lead climb, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 09:00 in Grindelford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.

Course Format

The course will be flexible depending on individuals desires and the prevailing weather conditions. As a rough outline, the course will start by spending a few days refreshing you on your rock climbing skills. As the week progresses, we will introduce more skills so that you are ready to start leading in your own right initially under our careful guidance.

During the course, you will learn / revise how to set up belays safely and efficiently, use runners, lead rock climbs and how to retreat safely both as a planned retreat and also if things start to get a bit exciting. We will also discuss the mental aspects of lead climbing and how to set yourself up for success.

Equipment Required

The fee includes the use of ropes and all training materials. Whilst we encourage you to use your own gear if available, we are happy to loan any other equipment that you may need e.g. helmet, harness or boots, free of charge just let us know on your booking form. A suggested kit list together with some tips and links to gear reviews is in the joining instructions.

Recommended Reading

Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!) We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Learn to Lead Joining Instructions.
The BMC booklet New Rock Climbers is highly recommended. It can be downloaded here

The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body) for climbing schemes contains lots of useful information. It is:
Rock Climbing, essential skills & techniques. Libby Peter.


All Beyond the Edge courses are 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 (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm

If you are struggling to find something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.


You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the learn to lead course, and it’s a common misconception that you need arms like Popeye when rock climbing. Its much more efficient to use the stronger leg muscles to push you up than your weaker arm muscles to pull you up. We will teach you at the beginning that its all about balance and body position. In fact, one famous climber says there are a hundred routes on Stanage that you don’t even need to use your hands to climb!

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