One or Two Days
Safe lead climbing requires a combination of top-rope anchor skills, sport climbing skills, and a more sophisticated approach to organization and risk management than either require. A strong competency with placing secure protection and building sounds anchor systems are pre-requisites for this course. Sport climbing experience is helpful, but not necessary.
We teach all lead climbing on "mock-lead," meaning the leader is always connected to a top-rope system in addition to a lead line. This provides a sense for the excitement of leading as well a calm learning mindset. Your instructor ascends right next to you on a fixed line, enabling in-the-moment consultation and reassurance.
If you have no experience with lead climbing or your technical skills are not sharp, we recommend a 2-day course to establish good theoretical and technical foundations. For quick leaners or those with previous training, a one-day course may suffice. Feel free to call to discuss.
Lead climbing days run longer than regular climbing days. Expect to be out from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
- Experienced, certified climbing instructor
- Harness, shoes, helmet, if you don't already have them (but you probably do)
- Hardware (nuts, cams, etc.) or software (slings, cordelettes, etc.) to supplemet your own rack
- Climbing and static lines to facilitate mock leads
- Learn practical lead climbing theory and risk management
- Preparation/organization of rack, harness and rope
- Managing an anchor from the top of a pitch and belaying a second climber up
- Rappelling instruction (if needed)
- Focus on modern-era, guide-standard anchoring practices
- Leave with a firm set of skills to practice and build upon