Single Pitch Natural Surfaces Lead Climbing Course

ABOUT THE course

Self Study – Pre Course Requirements
All Trainees will be required to Download and Complete the required documents for your course.
All of our courses have a set of  Study and Exam Materials that are required to be completed Prior to the Practical training phase.
This 4 day lead climbing course will give climbers the knowledge and skills required to confidently transition from top rope climbing to single pitch lead climbing in a natural cliff environment.
Day 1 – Sport Lead Climbing Skills – Bolted Routes
Day 2 – Sport Lead Climbing Skills – Bolted Routes
Day 3 – Traditional Lead Climbing Skills – Trad Routes
Day 4 – Traditional Lead Climbing Skills – Trad Routes
Prepare for the climb.
Select clothing, footwear and personal protective equipment suitable for the climb and conditions.
Interpret route description; identify position of natural features, the climb route and contingencies.
Determine need for artificial protection during ascent; select and rack for accessibility during climb.
Attach and adjust belay equipment to self and tie knots suitable for the established belay system.
Confirm protocols for communications between climber and belayer.
Complete equipment safety checks prior to climbing or belaying.
Climb single pitch routes.
Use safety procedures at bottom, top of and throughout climbs to minimise risk to self and others present.
Use appropriate posture and climbing techniques suitable to natural features.
Locate and utilise rest positions to reduce fatigue.
Safely approach, avoid or negotiate hazards to ascend in a controlled manner.
Maintain effective communication with belayer throughout climb.
Use techniques that minimise damage to equipment and the surface during climb.
Ascend single pitch routes as a lead climber.
Evaluate potential direction of falls, magnitude of force and second climber’s ability.
Select suitable type, and set anchors and belay system safely and efficiently throughout climb.
Place protection periodically during climb to reduce fall distance.
Use techniques to minimise rope drag, displacement of artificial protection and injury in the event of a fall.
Monitor and maintain the safeguard system continuously.
Retreat from pitches when climber safety is compromised.
Select solid and secure anchors at top of pitch, or place artificial protection.
Establish belay system at top of pitch to maximise climber and belayer safety.
Utilise belaying system to maximise climber safety.
Remove artificial protection with and without a nut tool and minimise damage to equipment and natural surface.
Avoid or negotiate hazards and use safety procedures to minimise risk to self and others present.
Establish belaying position and attach self to anchor, as required, to allow effective and safe use of belay system.
Maintain rope tension to minimise fall distance and ensure climber movement is not unduly restricted.
Monitor climber progress constantly, and maintain clear communication with climber.
Arrest falls promptly using technique suitable to belaying device and situation.
Safely and efficiently secure climber using tie off techniques; release tie off and allow climber to continue.

Lead belaying – Single and Double Ropes – Using a range of devices

How to clip quickdraws and safely position your rope whilst climbing

How to clean the anchors on a sport route

How to fall on a lead route

Using traditional protection I.e. cams, wires and hexes

How to build anchors for traditional climbing

Abseiling skills – Bail Out Skills – Retrievable Abseil Systems

Rescue skills – Assisting your seconding climber past a crux Mechanical Advantage – Hauling Systems

Trainees to perform skills alone and unaided
If competency has been achieved trainees will finalise assessment verification documents and learner questionnaires.

Successful trainees will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment.


  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price: $1160 pp
Next Dates
July 27th to August 04th
  • Sat 27: Mount Ngungun
  • Sun 28: Mount Ngungun
  • Sat 03: Mount Ngungun
  • Sun 04: Mount Ngungun
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Spots left: 5
  • Price: $1160 pp
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