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Intro to Trad Climbing Course

This course is designed to introduce you to the world of traditional climbing in the UK - we will use the crags in the Lake District to climb, in order to show you how rock climbing works and introduce this wonderful sport. 

Day 1:

We will go to a single pitch climbing venue and here we will teach you:

  1. How to correctly fit your climbing harness
  2. Tying in and using a figure of 8 knot
  3. How to belay and lower a climber 
  4. Movement skills 
  5. Climbing gear: nuts, cams and hexes
  6. Gear placement and removal in the rock

Day 2

This day will offer more refined coaching and teaching, we will split down into 1:2 ratio for this day. 

We will complete an easy multi pitch climb and learn in context as we climb showing you the equipment involved in traditional climbing.

Technical skills covered on this course include:

  1. Tying in and refinement of this skill
  2. Belaying & how to belay a lead climber
  3. Climbing equipment - nuts, cams and hexes
  4. Removing climbing gear whilst climbing
  5. Seconding climbs and learning the systems
  6. Learning climbing calls 
  7. Tying clove hitches
  8. Further movement coaching
  9. Safe descent

The price of this course is inclusive of:

  1. A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI
  2. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  3. Technical equipment 
  4. Professional coaching & instruction

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Layer

Spare Warm Top

Hat & Gloves

Boots/Approach Shoes 

Please bring your own rock shoes

30-40L Rucksack

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water

Personal Medication


Equipment Provided:



Belay Plate

Nut Key

120cm Sling


No climbing experience necessary - the course is designed for novice/beginner climbers


We will send a full course itinerary on booking - please look out for our email.

Group discount available

£380 for adults

Mon 11th - Tue 12th Jul
09:00 - 16:00 every day · 4 spaces left
Tue 26th - Wed 27th Jul
09:00 - 16:00 every day · 4 spaces left
Thu 4th - Fri 5th Aug
09:00 - 16:00 every day · 4 spaces left



Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.


In the current COVID climate, here is our COVID stance and policy. 

Any booking that cannot go ahead due to Covid restrictions or national lockdowns will be given a full refund. 

In light of the successful vaccine roll out and easing of restrictions in England, we are not offering COVID refunds at this time. 

We take our health very seriously here at LDM, our instructors will wear face masks in close contact scenarios and we will regularly use hand sanitiser. Our instructors are double vaccinated and COVID aware, following all up to date information.

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Where we'll meet

The meeting location is decided on the day.

We like to use the Langdale or Borrowdale valleys, we will choose appropriate beginner friendly crags and this will be discussed during the booking stage. All meeting locations will be outlined the itinerary forms we send out.

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