Trad Learn to Lead Climb Course

Learn the art of lead climbing on traditionally placed protection. Under the watchful of our instructors, you will learn how to place your own protection (nuts, cams, hexes etc.), to identify good anchors, construct a belay stance and how to bring up your second. Our expert climbing instructors will also teach you how to protect yourself on abseils should you need descend to the base of a route (sea cliffs) or retrieve a stuck piece of gear.

Our instructor will ensure you build your confidence and knowledge at the right pace, giving you peace of mind for lead climbing on the sharp end!

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, the Lakes).

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


2 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?

Those with previous climbing experience. Anyone wishing to lead climb on single pitch crags.


You must be able to safely and confidently belay. To benefit most from this course you should be able to climb to an English 4b/c standard, and recommend that you have some 'seconding' or sport climbing experience.

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.


£195pp (minimum of 2 people required)
£185pp (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 - 'Second' a lead climb, assess your rope and climbing skills, selecting anchors, building belays, lead climb on a top rope.
Day 2 - More lead climbing, self protected abseils, equipment maintenance 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
  • Equipment safety and maintenance

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.