Rock Skills Learn to Lead Sport

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for people who are ready to progress to leading sport routes on rock, improve their lead climbing confidence or refresh their leading skills.

Minimum age: 14.

Contact time: minimum 16 hours.

Climbing experience required:
Have logged 20 indoor or outdoor climbs
Have belayed on at least 20 occasions
Completion of Rock Skills Intermediate

What does the Rock Skills Learn to Lead Sport course cover?

Background and Planning. Choosing suitable venues and routes, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette, the importance of the climbing partnership, the work of the mountaineering councils.
Climbing Skills. Safe and assured movement on the lead and optimising natural rests for clipping bolts.
Equipment. Ropes and technical equipment for sport climbing.
Technical Skills. Fixed equipment, anchors, ropework, belaying, holding/taking falls in a controlled environment, lowering, lower offs and abseiling.
Environmental Knowledge. The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations for climbers.
Hazards and Emergency Procedures. Identifying hazards, decision making and managing risk, understanding common injuries, what to do in the event of an incident, managing common problems, how to get help and the role of the Mountain Rescue.


By the end of the course you can expect to:

  • Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment and classroom-style setting;
  • Have climbed outside for a good proportion of each day on an accessible crag; and
  • Be in a strong position to lead bolted sport routes on rock and indoors, using appropriate techniques and safe practice.

What next?

Progression from this course could involve gaining further climbing experience with friends or through a climbing club.

A Learn to Lead Trad course is the next step in the Rock Skills pathway. in the Rock Skills pathway.