Rock - Learn to Lead | Snowdonia North Wales

  • duration:
    3 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £300 PP

course info


If you feel ready to take your first steps into traditional lead climbing, or have been a regular leader on easier climbs for a while, then this is the course for you. Our highly experienced Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors will take the time to get to know you and find out what you really need to take your climbing to the next level. You will receive technical instruction, coaching and support to make sure you get the best out of your time with us. Don't just take our word for it though, check out our reviews on Facebook and Google.

Three day course content -


  • Climbing grade system and how it works
  • Climbing guides and how to select appropriate routes
  • Lead belaying
  • Climbing protection and how to use it safely and effectively
  • Placing climbing protection when leading
  • Building belays stances at the top of a single pitch crag.
  • Psychological preparation for leading climbs.
  • Environmental and accessibility considerations
  • Crag etiquette and best practices when climbing at popular venues


The above list is only an idea of what we cover, our climbing instructors will make sure the course content is individualised for all those attending the course.


Our Instructors

If your looking for a business that truly cares about your development as a climber then look no further! We pride ourselves on offering high-quality instruction with fun and engaging sessions, ensuring your time with us is both educational and leaves you motivated to progress onto bigger plans. All our instructors hold the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification (MCI) and have heaps of experience to go with it. We are also members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) ensuring that our instructors conduct regular professional development and stay on top of their game.

Dates and how to book


We have numerous open course dates that are open to anybody looking to learn how to climb with all the dates listed on this page in the dates section.


Private bookings are also available for this course with 2,3 and 5 day options. To book a private please get in touch via email and we will discuss our available dates. 


We also have couples join these courses where one partner wants to lead and the other looking to develop their skills to become a more competent second. 




course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information
Sam Elliot
Sam Elliot
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

Private Instruction

Can't find what you're looking for? Why not hire an instructor for the day on a date to suit you. Click below for more information.

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  • COURSE DATE 10-08-2022DAYS3 COST£300.00 LOCATIONNorth Wales PLACESFULL BOOKING Waiting List
  • COURSE DATE 22-08-2022DAYS3 COST£300.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACESFULL BOOKING Waiting List
  • COURSE DATE 14-09-2022DAYS3 COST£300.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACES2 BOOKING book now
  • COURSE DATE 05-10-2022DAYS3 COST£300.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACES2 BOOKING book now

Hiring one of our instructors privately is the perfect choice when you’ve got a specific aim in mind, whether it’s to improve your personal skills, have an unforgettable guided experience with a group of friends or tick off an objective you’ve had in your sights for a while.

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My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

Polly Hornby


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