• Route selection

  • Gear selection and placement

  • Efficient movement skills

  • Racking gear

  • Communication at the crag

  • Crag etiquette

  • Safe leading techniques

  • Belay building

  • Slick rope techniques

The duration of our Learn to Lead rock climbing courses is two days and targets those who are competent at seconding climbs but now aim to lead routes for themselves.

The Summit Mountain Skills team run this course in both Snowdonia and the Peak District and aims to give you the skills and confidence required to lead your own rock climbs.  The courses are run progressively, starting with you learning to lead on a top rope for safety, and then continuing to being the instructor on a safety rope. At this stage, you shall be assisted and constantly reassured.

Summit Mountain Skills’ learn to lead courses are run on a ratio of 1:2 in order to work closely with you and focus on your individual needs. You shall dictate the pace of this course, and will be tailor-made to suit your needs.A detailed equipment list will be provided upon booking. We are able to loan the use of helmets, harness and lead rack.


The course is perfect for those wanting to gain the skills and confidence to lead your own climbs in the great outdoors.

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About Summit Mountain Skills

To learn about Summit Mountain Skills, you have to understand that my love for the outdoors started when I was just 7 years old. My father and I walked the Pennine way together and I instantly became hooked.

Over 40 years, my adventures have taken me all over the world with climbing and mountaineering trips across the UK, the Alps and the beautiful Himalayas.

I am a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor. Such qualifications allow me to work all year, both in the summer (where I work in North Wales and the Peak District) and the winter (where I move to Scotland due to the scenic views). I take pride in transferring the skills I have developed over the years to other individuals, and watching their confidence and skills grow.

My work consists of introductory mountaineering courses right through to training and assessing Mountain Leaders; I also take pride in leading overseas trips. In addition to providing instruction at Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre – I have delivered Winter Safety lectures for the BMC and worked for Jagged Globe on rock and scrambling courses across the UK. I am also a course director for Mountain Training Wales, leading qualification courses for the organisation in the summer and winter.

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