Learn to Lead Courses in the Lake District

learning to lead in the Lake District - Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide

Please check out the Essential Info for the Lake District page for info on dates, equipment, locations, accommodation, transport, and costs.

Is this the course for me?

You've done some climbing as a second, and you want to know how to look after yourself and your partner. Or maybe you've climbed indoors and want to progress to climbing outside on the rock.

What level of fitness do I need?

Fitness level 1: you exercise regularly through the week for short periods, and regularly do more, eg a half day walk in the hills at the weekend.

What does the course cover?

This course breaks down leading into bite-sized parts to enable you to make a safe progression from seconding to leading. You will cover:

  • using a harness and helmet

  • movement skills

  • belaying

  • rope management

  • climbing calls

  • setting up top ropes

  • building anchors

  • tying into belays

  • taking out gear

  • abseils

What's the maximum ratio?


Useful blog posts

7 Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
7 More Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
Do You Know The Ropes?
How To Be A Safer Climber With A Pre-Climb Checklist
7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable In 2018 (And How We Did In 2017)
Build your first climbing rack
Learning to Lead in the Lake District, 9th April 2017
How To Build Good Belays Part 1: Selecting Your Anchors
How To Build Good Belays Part 2: Tying In To Your Anchors
What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?
Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets
Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery

What do our clients say about us?

Chris is a  fantastic person to learn from - I highly recommend him. You can tell it's his passion being in the hills. 
John Westgarth, Learn to Lead course for Northumbria Mountaineering Club, April 2018

Chris is hugely knowledgeable and experienced, and his attitude inspires confidence when climbing. I have come away from this short course feeling confident to get out on the rock and lead independently. There was no wasted time over the two days. This meant we got loads of climbing in and learned a great deal. Thank you for a fantastic weekend! I would certainly book with you again for other courses in the future.
Hugh Roberts, Learn to Lead course for Northumbria Mountaineering Club, April 2018