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Mountain Training Learn to Lead Learn to Lead Sport Climbs


Peak District




2 days

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Learn to lead Sport climbs in a weekend. Two days of great climbing on the iconic crags of the Peak District. Progress at your own pace and if you are ready take the sharp end.

Who is it for

The learn to lead sport climbs course is for people with some experience of rock climbing either indoors or out who want to progress to leading sport routes outside.

Course Overview

Sport climbing is the outside version of climbing walls. Learning to lead sport climbs is less complex that Trad climbs as (hopefully) all the bolts and lower offs are in place.

During the course, you will learn / revise how to clip bolts safely and efficiently whilst on the lead and thread anchors. We will examine how to check if a bolt is good or a death trap and what to do if it is the latter! We also look at descent either planned in an abseil or otherwise. You will be encouraged to go at your own pace and climb routes within your ability whilst improving your skills in a supportive environment.

Beyond the Edge are one of the most experienced providers of Mountain Training courses in the UK. We think its important that the courses run in a fun and friendly manner and take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.

An average course participant will have some climbing wall experience (leading routes inside). They will have climbed outdoors as a second and be a competent belayer. Ideally you would have completed our Rock Climbing Introduction or Intermediate Rock Climbing courses.

Course Dates

Mon 17 – Tue 18 May
Sat 5 – Sun 6 June
Sat 7 – Sun 8 Aug
Sat 25 – Sun 26 Sept

Bespoke Dates and Locations

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

Meeting Point

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

Course Format

The two days are flexible to suit your desires and the prevailing weather conditions, a rough outline is below:

Day 1

After meeting in the hotel and introductions over a cup of coffee we discuss rock climbing equipment, and how to use it safely. We revise the basics of knots and the key skills of belaying and efficient climbing technique. We then put all this theory into practice on the rock, learning to climb safely, perfecting our climbing movement and learn about falling safely.

Day 2

We head straight out and get on with the climbing. If you feel ready and under our close supervision maybe making your first sport lead climbs. As your confidence and skills increase you can increase the difficulty at your own pace. We also cover retreating from routes, abseiling and preventing common problems.

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 learn to lead course (apart from the Joining Instructions!) We give some suggestions below. More detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Learn to Lead Sport Climbs 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.


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.


You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the course, average fitness is all that is required.

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