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From £465.00

Location: West & Central Highlands, Cairngorms

Duration: 3 days

Client to Instructor Ratio: 2:1 Max

Learn to Lead - Trad Rock Climbing

Our comprehensive Learn to Lead course covers all the essential skills and competencies necessary for safely leading single-pitch climbing routes, regardless of their location in the UK. This course is well-suited to individuals with prior experience following a lead climber on outdoor rock or those who have led their own sport climbing routes.


Before Your Course

Your EverydayClimbing instructor will be in touch one to two days before your course commences.  This pre-course contact serves to introduce your instructor, confirm meeting details, and provide insight into the expected weather conditions. Our instructor are readily available to address any queries you may have, ensuring you're well-prepared for your upcoming adventure.

On the Day

During the three-day course, we will engage in discussions and practical workshops, helping you choose appropriate, safe routes to refine your skills before putting them to the test on a highly sought-after classic climb.

We understand that each client is unique, with varying experiences and aspirations. That's why we tailor each course to meet your specific needs. When you meet your instructor on the first morning, it's your chance to discuss your experience and goals, enabling the instructor to create a program that suits your development. Our low instructor-to-client ratios ensure you have ample contact time and the opportunity to explore technical terrain.

Here are some of the areas of development we will explore during the course:

  • Equipment- range of use and it's limitations
  • Advanced belaying
  • Seconding techniques
  • Efficient climbing movement for leaders
  • Effective communication
  • Gear placement and retrieval
  • Top/bottom rope rigging
  • Anchor selection and building
  • Advanced rope work
  • Bringing up and protecting seconds
  • Risk management
  • Guidebook usage
  • Access regulations
  • Addressing common challenges
  • Basic self-rescue strategies
  • Route assessment
  • Abseiling and retreat

We base our courses in the Cairngorms or the West Highlands, which provides us with a wide range of suitable venues and ample opportunities to find favourable weather.


Not quite what you're seeking? No problem! We specialise in organising climbing, scrambling, or mountaineering instruction in the Scottish Highlands and islands. From the dramatic sea-stacks to the legendary Skye Cuillin, we've got your adventure covered. Feel free to drop us a line with your specific requirements, and we'll promptly respond to your inquiry.

Dates and Prices


This course is available year-round and can be scheduled on any day that suits your plans. Reach out to discuss your specific requirements or contact us using the form below.


Our prices are comprehensive and cover the following:

  • Information and support prior to the course
  • An AMI accredited, insured, and fully qualified guide
  • Professional-grade climbing equipment for each participant
  • Mountain safety gear
  • Memorable photos of your adventure

 One person - £780

Two people - £930 (£465 per person)

Is this for me?

Our courses are custom designed to elevate your current skill set and help you achieve your climbing goals. Whether you aspire to tackle classic, entry level routes or aim to enhance your abilities to conquer more challenging, longer, and higher-grade routes, we've got you covered.

With our expert and qualified instructors, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your climbing adventures in the UK. This course is accessible to experienced scramblers and novice climbers looking to lead their own routes in an outdoor setting. Join us, and let's embark on a thrilling journey of skill development and adventure.

Kit list


• 25-35l backpack

• Walking boots or approach shoes

• Walking pole

• Water bottle (around 1 litre)

• Lunch

• Head torch + spare batteries 

• Thick socks

• Waterproof jacket and trousers 

• Thin fleece or light insulated jacket

• Thick fleece or mid insulated jacket

• Warm hat

• Gloves

• Hiking trousers

• Synthetic/merino base layers

• Personal medication

• Waterproof stuff sacks


• Harness

• Climbing helmet

• Belay device and karabiner

• Climbing shoes

• Emergency shelter (Orange bag)


To guarantee your comfort and security throughout our activities, we strongly advise all participants to come prepared with the complete equipment listed. While our activities may proceed even if participants do not have the entire kit list, please be aware that EverydayClimbing and our instructors retain the right to modify the itinerary or conclude the activity early should the absence of essential equipment pose an elevated risk to the group, exceeding acceptable safety standards.

As part of our unwavering commitment to eliminating barriers to outdoor adventures, we offer a selection of equipment available for use by anyone, with no questions asked. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Just drop us a line to let us know what you require.