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The 2 day Lead Climbing Course will give you the skills to safely and successfully lead single pitch bolted climbs while continuing to develop your movement on rock skills. 

Learn to lead climb in Queenstown. For many climbers the most challenging and potentially dangerous challenge is making the transition into lead climbing. There are so many new skills to learn and become proficient at to remain safe at all times.

The 2 day Lead Climbing Course will give you the skills to safely and successfully lead single pitch bolted climbs while continuing to develop your movement on rock skills. 

By the end of the 2 days you will have the skills and confidence to safely lead climb without supervision. These skills will include communication and correct and safe procedures for lowering off or abseiling from the top of a climb.


  • Lead climbing technique
  • Lead belaying technique
  • Risk assessment of climbs
  • Communication with lead climbers
  • Securing yourself and lowering off at the top of a bolted climb
  • Anchor building techniques
  • Free climbing movement for a lead climber
  • Use of prussiks & abseiling with self protection


Rock climbing areas surrounding Queenstown and Wanaka


Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.


Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.

Day 1

Our guide will pick you up from your accomodation at 8.30am. It is a 20 minute drive from Queenstown to the Wye Creek Climbing area carpark. From here it is a very scenic and spectacular walk up to the Wye Creek climbing area.

Over the 2 days our guide will work with you teaching and supporting your development as a lead climber. Expect the 2 days to be fun but also challenging. The course will be a combination of climbing and skills workshops.

Day 2

We will continue to develop the skills training from day 1 with a focus on helping you become a confident and independent lead climber. In case of poor weather in Queenstown we may drive to the climbing areas in Wanaka if the conditions are better there. 


1 to 6 people
2 days
From $510
October to April



  • Guide fees
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment


  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Lunch & snack food


Experience required

For the Lead Climbing Course you should have experience climbing outside and be able to comfortably top rope grade 16 or harder climbs.

Please contact us for more information if you have more questions about if you have enough experience to participate on this course.

What to bring
  • Personal climbing equipment including harness, shoes, chalk bag, belay device, carabiners, prusicks, slings.
  • Food and snacks and enough water for the day. The amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1.5 litres of water.
  • A pack large enough to carry climbing  equipment as well as your spare clothing, food, and water.
  • Warm clothing, windproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Guide to participant ratios

This is a privately booked trip. We guide our rock climbing trips at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 6 participants to ensure a high standard of instruction, supervison, and safety.

Lead climbing on steep rock Wye Creek Queenstown
Climbing a crack on the lead climbing course, Hospital Flat, Wanaka
Crimping on schist, lead climbing course Queenstown
Using the rope to get back to the start of the climb

If mountaineering or rock climbing is your passion/hobby, Mike Madden and his staff can fulfil your ambition to summit some some of most technical and beautiful mountains that New Zealand has to offer. I’ve had two expeditions with Mike through QMG, to the single cone summit on the Remarkables and the North West Ridge of Mt. Aspiring. I cannot recommend this organisation enough due to their training, the time they take to train their clients if necessary, the food and equipment provided, as well as the guiding experience needed for a safe and successful expedition. Take a camera, though photos can be taken by the guides. The best organisation in New Zealand that i’ve climbed with.

Will, Sydney