Learn to Lead

So, you've been climbing top-rope for a while now and you feel you're ready to lead. Leading is a natural progression of climbing; to be independent, to be able to step up to a wall, choose a line, and climb it. Only by tying into the 'sharp end' of the rope, can the climber explore 'the zone' located just above the last clip. Such freedom however inherits new risks, requiring new skills and experience.

Camp5 eases your transition from indoor top-roping to outdoor lead climbing via two progressive instructional courses. However there are some prerequisites that needs to be met by anyone seeking to take the lead.


  1. All Participants must be 13 years of age or older
  2. All Participants must be competent in basic top-rope belay.
  3. All Participants must be comfortable climbing 6a grade on Top-Rope.

To find out more about the Lead Wall Courses, download this flyer.

Take the Lead Wall Course

The Lead Wall Course (LWC) covers all aspects of lead climbing on an artificial climbing wall including leading gear review, clipping, fall factors, lead climbing, belaying and fall techniques. At the conclusion of the course, you should have lead and belayed on not less than 3 routes and be eligible to continue to climb in Camp5 as a lead climber.

4-12 Students

* Fee does not include Harness, Shoes or Belay Device. You will need to rent these if you do not already own your own.
* Entry Fee not included.
* 20% Discount for 3 & 12 month term holders
** Course are scheduled on demand. Register your interest at Camp5 and we'll contact you once a date is set.
** Advanced booking required

Participants under 18 will require an adult/guardian present when registering for the course

What to bring: gym attire, socks (for use with climbing shoes), padlock for the locker, towel, toiletries and change of clothes if you wish to shower after the course

Take the Lead Rock Course

The Lead Rock Course will build on your LWC experience adding skills and safety concerns relevant to outdoor lead climbing on bolts sport climbing routes. You will be introduced to quickdraws, slings and webbing, advanced knots, basic anchors building, gear retrieval and single pitch self rescue techniques.

4-8 Students

* Fee does not include Harness, Shoes, Belay Device or Helmet. You will need to rent these if you do not already own your own.
* Food & Transportation not included.

The course will be conducted at one of KL's nearby rock climbing sites typically Batu Caves or Bukit Takun area. Ground transport is not provide. Camp5 will help to facilitate options for carpooling. A rendezvous location will be determined once course date is confirmed.

What to bring: in additional to all personal climbing gear. You'll want to dress appropriate and be prepared for the possibility of rain. Good walking shoes is a must. Sunscreen and hat are advisable if its a sunny day. Be sure to bring plenty of water (min 1.5L). Don't forget your camera so you can record the adventure!

FAQ about the Lead Courses

The recommended minimum age is aged 13. However, participants aged 10-12 may attend if accompanied by a participating adult.

6a is the French Grade for the route difficulty. The equivalent YDS grade is 5.10a or 19 for NZ/Aust. Since most of the routes on Camp5's Lead Wall and outdoors, are above 6a, it would not make sense to enroll on the course unless you are very comfortable to climb this grade. By 'comfortable' implies that you can climb a route of this grade without too much effort.

The course fee is the same for everyone, however the entry fee will differ for Junior (RM26) vs Adult (RM36). Check the full list of entry fees here. SPECIAL OFFER: If you chose a 3 or 12 month Term your BWC Fee will be discounted.

Lead Wall Courses are scheduled most weekends. Simply select the outlet (which has a lead wall) and chose from any of the listed program times available.
The Lead Rock Course is run on request. If you are interested in the LRC please write to climb@camp5.com.

Yes. Spaces are limited and the course requires at least 4 persons booked to run.

Yes. Upon graduating from the course, you will receive a certificate along with a new "green" Camp5 Membercard. Your Camp5 Member profile skill level will be upgraded to "Lead Climber" so you will be eligible to climb the lead wall in any Camp5 outlet.

Whilst we strongly discourage learning to climb through anyone other than a professional climbing instructor. The risk associated with Lead Climbing are in many degrees greater than Top-roping.
If you want to simply give a Top-roper a chance to climb on the lead wall. This can be done safely by letting the top-roper tie into the 'clipped' side of the rope. As they climb, they can upclip the rope from the quickdraw JUST BE SURE TO BRIEF THE TOP ROPER NOT TO ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE ROPE FROM THE ANCHOR. Once the rope has been cleared from the wall quickdraws the rope need to be pulled down.

Whilst we cannot say 100% percent as operation polocies differ from country to country, given that our instructors certification is recognized by the International Federation of Sport Climbing Associations (IFSCA) there is a good chance your certificate will be accepted as proof of training. In our experience we know of no situation where a past graduate of our LWC was denied access.

Send us your questions via email to climb@camp5.com