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Learn to Lead

Are you looking to get into lead climbing? Our knowledgeable instructors will teach you the skills for indoor lead climbing and lead belaying at Summit Up.


£90.00 per person (minimum of two people)


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2 x 120 minute session


1x Instructor

Skill Level

Competent climbers


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Who is the Learn to Lead course for?

This session is aimed at those climbers who have been top rope climbing for approx 6 months or more.

The course is four hours of training in total (2 x two hour sessions over 2 weeks).

Why do a Learn to Lead course?

For many climbers, transitioning to lead climbing presents an exciting challenge. Mastering lead climbing not only enhances your climbing experience but also unlocks access to a wider range of routes. This is particularly evident on large overhanging walls that are challenging with top-ropes or auto-belays.

It is crucial to learn the proper techniques before venturing into this aspect of climbing. Understanding how to clip, where to clip, how to belay a leader, how to fall safely, and how to manage a fall are all fundamental skills covered in our learn to lead course. Furthermore, you will develop a solid grasp of the forces involved in falling, highlighting the importance of effective belaying to prevent accidents.

What will the session involve?

The course is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Week one will cover how to clip and how to lead belay. Week two will cover how to fall and how to catch a falling climber.

The session is £90pp and is a minimum of two people.

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Tel: 0161 820 8750

You can pay to secure your booking over the phone

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Learn to Lead FAQ

Who are Lead to Lead sessions suitable for?

Learn to Lead sessions are for competent top rope climbers who are looking to learn the skills of lead climbing and lead belaying. Ideally we would like climbers to have top roped climbed and belayed for approx 6 months or more.

When are Taster Sessions available? Do I need to pre-book?

Learn to Lead sessions are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Capacity is limited and pre-booking is essential.

To book please call the centre on 0161 820 8750

What equipment do I need?

As this session is designed for competent climbers who may well have their own gear we encourage you to bring any kit you like to use.

Any additional gear needed will be provided by us at no additional cost.

Do you have lockers?

Yes, we have small lockers available by our reception that are free to use. They are big enough for a coat or a small bag.

As loose jewellery can't be worn whilst climbing we would recommend leaving it at home. Alternatively it can be left in these lockers at your own risk.

Are spectators permitted on the session?

We have ample seating where spectators can watch the action and have a brew.

However please be aware that for safety reasons spectators may not be able to follow participants into the climbing areas.