Learn to climb outdoors

Three stunning days in the Lake District, setting you up with the skills needed to climb outdoors for life

This experience is delivered by some of the best instructors in the industry,
Lake District locals, who know all the hidden spots and best locations.

Ready to embark on outdoor adventures? Join us for traditional climbing in the breathtaking Lake District!

Take your indoor skills into the great outdoors, mastering multi-pitch climbs and naturally protected lead climbs. Unlock the thrill of traditional climbing and propel yourself into new terrain.

“Brilliant week out in some of the Lake District’s most scenic climbing spots. Can’t recommend it enough.”

What you will learn…

Traditional (trad) climbing, multi pitching and bouldering

Belaying, abseiling, protection, equipment, and rescue systems

Movement skills and the difference between climbing indoors and outdoors

Hazard awareness and how to stay safe at the crag

  • What is it? Here’s your chance to learn to lead some of the all-time classic rock climbs, right in the heart of the Lake District! This course is focused on both the best climbing locations as well as learning all the essentials you need to know to confidently climb outdoors independently in the future.
  • How long does it last? 3 full days. Starting at 9am each day and finishing at 5pm.
  • Group size? Maximum of 4 people
  • How much? £420 per person

Previous Experience Required:

  • If you have been bouldering regularly up to V2 or top rope/auto belay at 6a, or have previous experience outdoors top roping or seconding HVS, then you have the skills to join this course.

Other information:

  • Children need to be accompanied by a participating parent at a ratio of 1:1. Min age 14 years
  • Maximum group size: 4 people
  • All equipment is included.
  • £420 per person on a 2 participant basis.

Need more information?

Just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you, [email protected].


Day 1:
Tick some local classics, build skills and set goals.

Movement skills coaching on real rock, focusing on the major differences between indoor and outdoor climbing styles, risks, hazards, and strategies for minimising them. We have a wide range of locations available offering different rock types, grades and heights. Once we have established good movement protocols we will look at belaying, the use of climbing protection equipment, and learning to place and judge nuts, hexes, cams and slings.

Day 2:
Time to hit the crag and enjoy some Lake District rock.

We will move into a pitched environment and use our knowledge of climbing equipment to establish reliable anchors. We will simulate lead climbing using a top rope whilst skills are being acquired and tested and cover stance management, rope management and basic rescue systems. We will also look at reading a route, looking for protection, rests and identifying hazards.

Day 3:
Consolidate our new skills!

Time to choose routes of the right level of difficulty and length for you to put your new skills to good use. The instructor will be close by to provide support and advice at all points of the climb.

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Classic Rock Skills – FAQs

Is it for me?

Whilst the difficulty of terrain covered does not necessarily have to be high, a good background in physical climbing ability will allow an efficient progression into lead climbing. You should be able to boulder V2 or have climbed 6a indoors or have previous outdoor climbing experience seconding or top roping to HVS.

How hard will we climb?

The grades will be determined by ability, but the course will be designed to maximise technical input and skills rather than pushing to a particular grade.

Is it safe?

Lead climbing on natural protection requires a large number of skills to be made relatively safe. The risk of protection failure can never be fully removed. We can however learn to qualify our judgements, plan our actions and match our abilities to the terrain in order to undertake Lead climbing as safely as possible.

What should I wear?

The weather can change quickly and so synthetic outdoor clothing is ideal as it dries quickly and retains thermal efficiency to some degree when wet. A lightweight waterproof jacket and a beanie style hat are useful. Footwear should be robust in order to cope with some rough ground, approach style shoes are ideal.

What else will I need?

Enough food for each day, including snacks and plenty to drink. A flask is always a welcome treat. Some sunscreen. A shoulder bag/rucksack to carry your things.

What equipment will be provided?

You should bring your own comfortable rock shoes and chalk bag, everything else can be provided by us. If you already have some equipment of your own feel free to use the things you are most familiar with.

What if I do not feel happy leading?

The course contents will still allow you to be a safe and effective second on outdoor adventures even if you feel a little daunted by leading on the course. Challenge is by choice and we will not expect any participant to undertake activities they are not happy with.

I am a boulderer, will my boots be too tight?

Probably. A comfy shoe is better for spending more time on your feet.

How long will the days be?

We will aim to start each day at 9am and finish at 5pm, if weather for the weekend is mixed, we may have one longer day to maximise climbing before bad weather comes in.

If it rains do I get my money back?

We cannot offer any refund in the event of bad weather. We have a large selection of locations giving us the best chance of finding dry rock, in very bad weather an indoor training location will be used.

Can I bring pets?

Unfortunately not, dogs get agitated, distract from activity and livestock may be present.

Can friends come to watch?

Unfortunately not, our group size will be large enough and we cannot extend our care to non-participants.

Kendal, the gateway to the lakes

Getting here and where to stay

All of our courses take place in the Lake District, and the meeting spot is located at KendalWall.