/ Anyone done PYB Discover Leading?
I've only been kayaking there but generally rscommend them very much. Top instructors, good cake.
I did a 'learn to lead' course there years ago, so not terribly relevant, but it was excellent and taught me everything I needed to know. I went before I was really ready (I wasn't a competent second, I'd just top-roped a few routes) and they got me to where I needed to be to lead multipitch in the weekend.
I'd say though that if you've already led a couple of routes so you know how to place gear and set up a belay, that maybe there's not much point? What are you hoping to learn?
Mainly good gear placement I guess - too many bits of gear falling out on the first leads.
Course sounds like overkill to me. Lead a few more routes?
I did a climbing course years ago which included leading. Excellent instructors. Great for teaching the basics and not learning bad habits.
The more cost effective route is to climb with someone experienced, learn from them and ask questions.
I think the course would cover a lot of ground you already know. Probably more use would be a 1:1 with a suitable instructor, someone like jezb1 of this parish would be good.
However, I didn't have much choice with my courses; it was PyB or Glenmore Lodge. You do. Any one of several hundred Mountaineering Instructors (or Mountain Guides) throughout the UK would be more than capable of delivering a 2-day learn-to-lead course to a good standard. For example, I often deliver leading courses at Swanage.
Most climbing courses are run (and hence costed) at a 1:2 ratio. So if it is just you who want to do the course there is a distinct advantage in going to PyB, Glenmore Lodge or another larger course provider. However if you happen have a climbing partner, or there is a group of you, who want to receive similar training, it will likely be far cheaper to go directly to an individual instructor. However, you would then have to make separate arrangements for food and accommodation, which may or may not be an issue.
People regularly ask for recommendation for instructors and companies on here and a comprehensive list of professional instructors by location can be found online http://www.ami.org.uk/find-an-instructor
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