Skills Course

Learn to Lead Trad Climbing

2 day course
Peak District or Swanage

Course Overview

Traditional climbing is the purest form or climbing on the rock or in the mountains. Difference between bolted sports climbing is that with traditional climbing the rock is clean of any drilled bolts or pegs and climber have to carry his or hers own protection (often as heavy as 3kg) on their harness and find safe placements on the rock to place it. This requires huge amount of skill, knowledge and practice in order for the climber to be safe when climbing traditional climbs. This type of climbing is much more dangerous then sports climbing and therefore require right amount of skills and knowledge. Climbing tuition can organise traditional climbing course where we will teach you how to climb safely using your own protection. This course is recommended as 3 day course.


  • Solid and safe protection placements using rocks/nuts, friends/camelots, hexes, slings and micro wires
  • Building solid and safe stances and belays
  • Neat and effective rope work using double ropes
  • Correct usage of climbing guide/book and choice of route
  • Building an abseil and safe abseiling
  • Simple problem solving such as assisted hoist and gear retrieve

Course Details

Location: Peak District or Swanage

Duration: 2 day course (can be made into a 1-day course)

Cost: £240 pp for the two-day course
*minimum 2 participants

Ratio: 1:2

Level: Intermediate to Advanced


We meet either in London or at the location that has been planned for the course. We will discuss what works best during the booking process. more details about travel and accommodation can be found below.

Once we get together at the climbing location, it will be time to get kitted out and have a chat about the course and plans to fit in with you, your experience and expectations, the weather, and location. The timings of each day on the course are very much dependent on us getting the most out of the trip. They are always fun-packed but time to head back to the accommodation for well-earned food and rest.

All courses are privately guided with a maximum of two clients to an instructor.



Climbing areas for this course include:

  • Peak District
  • Swanage


Date(s) – No dates confirmed. Contact us for your bespoke course. It is always better to run these courses during the week, when possible, as crags are less busy, so do see if you can take a day or two off during the week.


£240 per person for the two day course.*

*This trip needs a minimum of 2 participants to run. Or can run as a 1:1 at £480  for the two days.
This trip can also be run for one day for £140 per person (minimum 2 people).

What’s included in the price?

  • Two days of climbing instruction and tuition
  • Equipment (ropes, belay devices, slings, karabiners, wallnuts, friends, cams, hexes, guidebooks, helmets and harnesses)
  • Transport to and from the venue if travelling from London (if needed – to discuss at time of booking)

Further Information

  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness and helmet (we can supply)
  • Food and drink
  • Outdoor clothing including waterproofs and suitable approach shoes

  • You don’t need any previous outdoor experience
  • You need to know how to lead belay
  • You should be confident at leading F5 graded climbs indoors

You will need to book your own accommodation. There are campsites, hostels and B&Bs near our climbing venues. We can discuss your requirements at the time of booking.

This is something we can discuss at the point of booking. It is important that we respect the environment so travelling from the same area in convoy doesn’t make great sense, although sometimes this cannot be avoided. If you will be travelling from London it is possible to arrange shared transport in my car to help save the environment and your money. Whatever the case, let’s chat and make sure it works best for all.


If you have any questions or would you like to book then please use the form below and we’ll get right back to you as quickly as we can.


To book your place, pop up to the message box above and tell us how many people you would like to book, your preferred date and location, and what equipment you need. This outdoor rock climbing course is ideal to book as a two course, to allow sufficient time to learn traditional climbing skills. If you have any questions about this climbing course please don’t hesitate to call me on 07525 757 535

We we will provide climbing equipment, but do feel free to bring your own. Ensure you bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. We will send you kit list and useful resources to help you prepare.

We will choose the area for this rock climbing course according to the best weather. If we are unfortunate enough to have rain, we can still learn building anchors and placing gear from the ground.

This depends on each course and where everyone in the group is located. We will discuss the best travel arrangements for everyone when you book.

Fantastic! Send us a message as if it’s a climbing venue then we will have probably experienced it and can tell you more. Contact us and we can discuss all the options.

This is not a course for beginners. You will need to be able to top rope belay competently and have some previous climbing experience, either indoor or outdoor. If you are a beginner, please do check out our ‘Introduction to Rock Climbing‘ courses.

Perhaps. Who knows? Maybe. Definitely. But not to worry, just send us a message and we will do all we can to help. Climbing courses are such great fun, but it is important to be prepared. We all forget things from time to time, but at least we can remind you of the essentials if you drop us a line.