Skills - Multi Pitch Trad


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Based on the British Mountain Guides courses, the Multi-pitch trad skill course provides training for those wishing to learn to lead multi-pitch traditional climbs.

More detailed than the Accelerated trad leader due to the extra time, this course follows the BMG guides syllabus in an informal, non assessed format. The course work is the same module component as the MDT certified MPA, and can be used as prior learning should you decide in the future to pursue a career in the climbing environment.

Entry requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate experience of the concepts covered in the Single Pitch Supvervisor and Abseil Supervisor Awards.

Training: 3 or 4 days


  • Equipment usage and care
  • Access & the environment
  • Knowledge of, selection and placing protection equipment, including multi-point anchors
  • The science of climbing, including impact forces and fall factors
  • Route finding
  • Lead climbing
  • Multi pitch climbing including single and double rope techniques
  • Escaping/retreat from multi pitch routes
  • Avoiding and solving common problems
  • Rope management, knots, running belays
  • Abseiling from improvised anchor points
  • Emergency procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
  • Scope and remit of the qualification

The course does not cover:

  • The skills needed to approach and retreat from mountain crags
  • The supervision or leadership of other climbers
  • Aid climbing