Learn to Lead Climb - 5 Days

Immerse your self on our 5 day 'learn to lead' climbing course, designed to turn the novice or indoor climber into a confident outdoor lead climber. Having a full week gives you plenty of time to learn at a pace the suits you without feeling rushed on to the sharp end. The course is also ideal for those that are looking to progress their climbing for a particular expedition, challenge, or those training for the British Stunt Register climbing assessment.

The course will start the basics of belaying and tying onto the rope, before seconding your instructor up trad climbs an eventually leading yourself. You will learn how to place your own protection (nuts, cams, hexes etc.), how to construct a belay stance and how to belay up your second. Our expert climbing instructors will also teach you how to do this on single and double ropes and then how to descend safely to the ground protecting yourself abseiling.

Our 5 day climbing course is a fantastic opportunity to climb some classic routes that you may not previously have had access to, and to explore and push your climbing ability. Courses can be held in a number of locations across the UK. We've got loads of suggestions of great climbing areas which can be chosen depending on the type of climbing or even scenery you are after (popular locations include the Peak District, Dorset, Lakes and North Wales).

At the end of the course you will have all the skills needed to safely go off and climb on the sharp end of the rope! We also run self rescue and multi-pitch climbing courses. These can be combined into a week long course to really boost your skills and confidence.

Lead climbing can be daunting.  If you don't feel ready for leading climbing why not increase your confidence with our guided rock climbing course.



March to October


5 Days

Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 19 stone (120kg)


To learn how to lead climb on traditionally place climbing gear, construct belay stances and protect an abseil.

Who is it for?

Complete beginners, indoor climbers or those that would prefer to learn to lead climb over 5 days. We also run a 2 day learn to lead climb course.


None, however there is a lot to learn in 5 days, so for non-climbers the ability to learn quickly and a head for heights and good fitness levels are a must. For those with previous climbing experience, we reommend you can climb to an English 4b/c standard.

Accepting Risk

By its very nature lead climbing increases the risk of serious personal injury in the event of a fall. By booking this course you accept this risk.

YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO LEAD ROCK CLIMBS USING LEADER PLACED PROTECTION, AND SECOND OTHERS. This is, potentially, a dangerous activity with the risk of serious injury or death. You may take falls onto equipment placed by you but not checked by us. It is impossible for us to guarantee your safety at all times, as sometimes you may be out of our direct control. If you feel unhappy about any of this, please DO NOT join the course. More information is available if you require it. Hatt Adventures will not accept liability for accidents/injuries in such cases unless CLEARLY due to their negligence.

For more info. please see our Terms & Conditions.


£475pp (minimum of 2 people required)
£450pp (for groups of 3-4)

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The course is structured according to the needs of the group, and progression will be guided by our experienced instructor, but a typical course would look like:

Day 1 - 'Bottom' and 'top' rope climbing to assess your rope and climbing skills. Work on personal climbing techniques.
Day 2 - Start to 'second' a lead climber, looking at equipment removal techniques.
Day 3 - More 'seconding' and climbing, working on rope skills and climbing techniques.
Day 4 - Start lead climbing, and progress are your pace, anchors, building belays, equipment maintenance.
Day 5 - More lead climbing, self protected abseils, and avoiding problems.

Skills Covered

  • Using guide books
  • Route selection
  • Communincation on crags
  • Equipment selection
  • Anchors and runners
  • Removing protection
  • Setting up a belay stance
  • Self protected abseiling
  • Single and double ropes
  • Equipment safety and maintenance
  • Using guide books and route selection

Courses can be held in a number of climbing locations throughout the UK


Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Helmet
  • Belaying device and karabiners
  • Trad lead rack

Equipment needed

You will need your own personal climbing kit including harness and rock shoes (these can be provided on request although personal kit will benefit you more).

For all outdoor climbing courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Comfortable clothing, suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Approach shoes / trainers**
  • Rock boots
  • Harness
  • Rucksack (approx. 40-50ltr)
  • Packed lunch and plenty of water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry.

**For the walk-ins we’d recommend sturdy approach shoes or trainers with a substantial tread should be worn. Walking boots can be a good option but if we’re attempting long routes and climbing with kit they’ll be very heavy to carry.

Please remember the crags can be a fair walk or scramble from the car park, so it important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack leaving space for climbing equipment.


To reduce the environmental impact, we actively encourage people to lift share where possible. Our instructors may be able to share transport from Brighton, London and the South East, or we will meet at the venue.