Learn To Lead Climb Week
A learn to lead climbing course in the Cairngorms National Park & the Scottish Highlands is a comprehensive program designed to teach you the essential skills and techniques required for safe and confident lead climbing.
A 5-day learn to lead climbing course in the Highlands of Scotland is a comprehensive and immersive program designed to teach participants the skills and techniques required to lead climb safely and confidently. Here is an itinerary for a typical 5-day course:
Day 1 Kingussie Crags: The first day of the course will begin with a briefing from the experienced guide, who will go over the itinerary and safety protocols for the week. Participants will then be introduced to the basic equipment used in lead climbing, including ropes, harnesses, and protection. The day will be spent practicing basic climbing techniques on single-pitch climbs, with a focus on good gear selection, placement and anchor building.
Day 2 Pinnacle Crags: On the second day, participants will begin to develop the skills from day 1 to become more independent while learning new ways to build anchors depending on the situation presented at the top of the crag.
Day 3 Cummingston Crags: The third day will involve more advanced lead climbing techniques, including personal abseil setups to retrieve stuck gear. Participants will be taught how to lead climb safely, using proper protection techniques and communication with their belayer.
Day 4 Creag Na H-Eighe Crags: On the fourth day, participants will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test on more challenging climbs (if they wish it). The focus will be on building confidence and improving technique, with personalized instruction and feedback from the guide.
Day 5 Polldubh Crags: The final day of the course will be spent on a multi-pitch lead climb, allowing participants to showcase the skills they have learned over the week. The day will also include a debrief with the guide, providing an opportunity for reflection and feedback.
Throughout the course, participants will have the chance to learn about the history and ecology of the area, adding depth to the overall experience. Overall, a 5-day learn to lead climbing course in the Highlands of Scotland is an immersive and challenging program designed to teach participants the skills and techniques required for safe and confident lead climbing.We pride ourselves on providing as much kit as possible for you. However, the list below is what we recommend you should bring to your Learn To Lead Multi Pitch Climbing Course:
- Travel insurance. (We are insured for all our trips, but we recommend everyone has their own travel insurance as well.)
- Transportation to the venue. (We may be able to help with this though – if you need transportation please drop us an enquiry and we can see what we can do to help.)
- Lunch, water.
- Personal medication
- Sun cream, midge net
- Waterproofs (it is Scotland after all)
- Sturdy footwear.
Here at Highland Outdoor Adventures, we pride ourselves on providing as much as we can but you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you do prefer. The list below is what we provide you with on the day.
- All instruction.
- All Technical Climbing Gear
- All first aid and safety equipment.
- Photographs of the day provided for you at no extra cost! If the weather is good we will have a DSLR professional camera and maybe even a drone, so we can take photos and videos of your adventure and you can look back at the day for years to come. If the weather is less favourable we will bring a GoPro (as it is waterproof) so we will still be able to take photos for you.
From £500 per adult
January — December
- Aviemore and the Cairngorms
- Small Group (1-16)
- Outdoor Activities
Tour company information
Highland Outdoor Adventures
Looking for a fun and exciting adventure outdoor activity in the Highlands which will be a highlight of your holiday in Scotland? Or maybe you live here and want an outing on the rivers, lochs, sea, mountains or crags? Or perhaps you want to improve your skills, work to an assessment or take a qualification in paddling or climbing? Welcome to Highland Outdoor Adventures offering a range of climbing, walking and paddling options for individuals, groups and the whole family – including outings and courses for all levels (beginners through to experts).
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