Climb classic routes with our expert climbing instructors

Learn to second with our expert climbing instructors.

In traditional (aka trad) climbing, there are two roles: one climber leading while the other is seconding. The leader - as the name suggests - climbs up a route first with the rope trailing below. The second then climbs the rope held from above by the leader.

Learning how to be a safe and supportive second is an integral part of trad climbing and a great introduction to this iconic climbing style. In this course, an experienced instructor will teach you everything you need to know about seconding a lead climber: how to manage the ropes, what to do with the climbing protection, how to select a route, and how to descend safely.

Guided Climbing courses run in very small numbers with a maximum instructor/client ratio of 1:2, so you’ll have your instructor’s undivided attention. Although you won’t be lead climbing, you’ll gain invaluable insight on how this works too, ready for the next step in your climbing journey (should you wish to progress to Lead Climbing).

Guided trips are an opportunity to climb the UK's classic routes and push your climbing ability. The course can be held in a number of stunning locations around the country: take a look at our climbing holiday destinations for some inspiration.

Information

Season

March to October

Duration

1-2 Days

Group Size

1-2

Restrictions

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

Aim

To learn how to second a lead climber. Increase knowledge of rope management, remove lead climbing protection, understand route selection and how to protect your descent whilst abseiling.

Who is it for?

Those with previous climbing experience. Anyone wishing to conquer some classic climbs, learn how to belay confidently and with an interest of, possibly, going on to lead climb in the future.

Prerequisites

You must be able to safely and confidently belay.  Personal climbing ability isn't important although you will benefit most if you can climb to a 4a/b standard.
 

Groups

1 Day Guiding
1 Person - £175pp
2 People - £125pp

2 Days Guiding
1 Person - £295pp
2 People - £175pp

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Itinerary

Guided climbing trips are tailored to suit your needs, and progression will be built throughout the course.

Skills Covered

  • Using guide books and route selection
  • Equipment selection
  • Belaying a lead climber using single and double ropes
  • Rope techniques
  • Lead racks (removal of nuts, hex's, cams, etc.)
  • Climbing technique
  • Climbing etiquette
  • Self protected abseiling
Locations

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

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Helmet
  • Belaying device and karabiners

The items below are included, however to gain the most from this course we recommend that you have your own items:

  • Harness
  • Climbing shoes

Equipment needed

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**
  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Rucksack (approx. 25-30ltr)
  • 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's important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack leaving space for climbing equipment.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Transport

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.

Accommodation

To keep the course costs down accommodation is not included. We can usually recommend some places to stay.