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Learn to Lead Climb

Introduction Level - 5 days | Prices from £650.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Dream of scaling impressive rock architecture. Yet leaving no sign of your passage. We can help you become an independent climber ready to create a life time of memories.  Learn the skill set required to safely rock climb protecting yourself and your partner as you ascend.

Learning to lead climb using leader placed protection is a real mile stone in a climbers career. It is also a crucial stage for a climber to seek expert tuition. Why not do this Under the supervision of one our instructional team whilst you enjoy the dramatic beauty of Scotland.

Lead climbing, with the inherent risk of falling no matter how well managed, is risky. You should be aware off and accept these risks. You will therefore be encouraged to discuss with your instructor how you progress from day to day to allow both you and your instructor to manage these risks.

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Dates & Prices

20/05/19
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £650.00
03/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £650.00
01/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £650.00
19/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £650.00
09/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £650.00

Is It For Me?

The main focus of this five day course is on developing a confident and competent approach to leading single / multi pitch rock climbs. Most of the course will be based outside with all the climbing action taking place on real rock.

Lead climbing is an inherently risk activity. Even with the best supervision by our experienced instructors there is still the risk of falling and associated injury. All participants should be aware of and be accepting of this inherent risk.

This course is run on a 1 instructor to two participants ratio (1:2) allowing your instructor to ‘fine tune’ the week to meet participants personal aims and pitch it at a level appropriate to each individual’s stage of development.

To get the most from this course you should be a rock climber with indoor wall leading experience or have been seconding a variety of climbs outside.

The actual programme is fairly flexible, with your instructor basing the week around the topics below, taking into account individual needs and aims, weather etc.

Course Aims

To develop a solid foundation in lead rock climbing techniques, whilst leading a variety of rock climbs.

Course Content

You will usually be in a team of two with one instructor. In lead climbing situations participants must be willing take some degree of responsibility for their own safety, albeit under the watchful eye of their instructor.

Lead climbing, with the inherent risk of falling no matter how well managed, is risky. You should be aware off and accept these risks. You will therefore be encouraged to discuss with your instructor how you progress from day to day to allow both you and your instructor to manage these risks.

The main focus of this 5 day course is on developing a confident and competent approach to lead climbing rock climbs. Most of the course will be based outside with all the climbing action taking place on real rock.

This course is run on a one instructor to two participants ratio (1:2) allowing your instructor to ‘fine tune’ the week to meet participants personal aims and pitch it at a level appropriate to each individual’s stage of development.

Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss your experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme around the main topics to be covered. These are:

  • Re-cap on core rock climbing skills such as movement on rock and belaying both leader and second (including holding falls and lowering).
  • Tying into multi – point anchors both in reach and out of reach using the rope alone.
  • Learning to use rock climbing protection equipment such as nuts on wire, hexes and camming devices and assessing the efficacy of the placements.
  • Developing lead climbing skills.
  • Interpreting a climbing guide book, identifying a route and then climbing it.
  • Understanding of climbing grades, ethics and conservation.
  • Abseiling, how to protect yourself on an abseil and how to set up an abseil.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Leather Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rock shoes
  • Rucksack
  • All technical climbing equipment (if you have any of your own please bring along if you wish) including ropes.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.

Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Hat & gloves***  leather palmed Belay Gloves are useful for rope work scenarios.
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 romer ***
  • Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms.
  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***
  • Spare towel
  • An alarm clock

Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

 

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

Course Pre-Requisites

To get the most from this course you should be a rock climber with indoor wall leading experience or have been seconding a variety of climbs outside.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews Read all reviews

Excellent course, predominantly down to first-class instruction, supported by quality food, accommodation, equipment and so on.
Smart Nicholas Reviewed on 12/06/2018
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An excellent course that has moved my climbing skills forward significantly.
Mike Hall Reviewed on 08/06/2016
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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