• duration:
    2 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £160 PP

course info

This two day Learn To Lead course is ideal for climbers who already have some experience of climbing and want to take it onto the next level. Ideally you will already have some experience of climbing and will understand the fundamentals like belaying and tying onto the rope. Your qualified mountaineering instructor will introduce you to all the skills in a safe and progressive environment ensuring you only get onto the sharp end when you’re ready. 

Over the two days you will cover.
  • 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.
  • Phycological preparation for leading climbs.
  • Environmental and accessibility considerations
  • Crag etiquette and best practice when climbing at popular venues


Our Instructors

Our instructors are the main reason why people keep coming back. All of our staff are highly experienced and super enthusiastic climbers who spend most of their time outdoors. Learn To Lead Courses are run by our Mountaineering Instructors (MIA) who are highly qualified and working at the top of their game. All our instructors are also members of the Association Of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) which ensures they undertake continual professional development and are working to current standards.

Dates and how to book

This course requires a minimum of two people for the course to run. We deliver courses in a number of venues around the Peak District and an appropriate venue will be suggested dependant on your travel arrangements and other considerations.


course instructors
Charlie Mackie
Charlie Mackie
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.

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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.

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