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