1 Day Course designed to teach lead climbing on sport routes. Learn how to safety lead climb sport routes under the watchful guidance of our experience instructors. This course is ideal for those that have been climbing for a while and want to progress onto leading sport routes outside. This maybe a stepping stone before learning to trad climbing on leader placed protection, or it may be for those that have been leading indoors and want to progress onto outdoor sport routes.



March to October



Group Size



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


To become a self sufficient sport climber.

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to learn outdoor sport climbing in the UK.


You must be able to safely tie into the rope, belay other climbers and we recommend a personal climbing ability of F6 indoor on 'bottom rope' to benefit the most from this course.

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.


Group bookings can be arranged:

£95pp (Group Size 3-4)
£90pp (Group Size 5-6)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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The course starts with an introduction and safety briefing from our climbing instructors. We then head to the rocks for some warm up climbs and to check belaying etc. We then progress onto learning to belay a lead climber.

Next we cover the various methods of safely finishing a sport climb and being lowered to the floor with special attention on communication with your belayer and how not to drop the rope!

As the day progresses you'll start to develops confidence in you new skills and push yourself on a range of climbs.

Skills Covered

  • Using guide books and route selection
  • Equipment selection
  • Sport leading techniques
  • Sport climbing safety
  • Equipment safety and maintenance

Most courses are run in Portland Dorset, but we can also run them in the Peak District


Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Helmet
  • Belaying device and Karabiners
  • Sport 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. 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 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.