OK, so I’m not quite “the leader” yet, but I have started the lead climbing course at my local gym. I suspect the next few trips to the gym are going to be quite stressful as I try to engage my brain as well as my body, and discover what a real fall feels like. Learning to lead climb opens up a lot of new possibilities for climbing more interesting routes in the gym, and eventually taking on sport routes outdoors. Exciting (but slightly scary) times.