Leading Trad - Two day course

At the trad climbing clinic, we will teach the knowledge and skills required to lead traditionally protected single-pitch routes.

Course highlights include:

  • Care and selection of traditional climbing gear

  • Efficient and effective gear placement

  • Introduction to modern traditional technique

  • Anchor building techniques and management

  • Leader safety in a single pitch environment

Day One:

  • Meet your guide at the program area in the morning 8:30 a.m.

  • Selection, use and care of traditional gear

  • Practical applications of both passive and active protection

  • Introduction to traditional anchors for leaders

  • Introduction to single-pitch leading procedures

  • Discuss traditional racking techniques

  • Discussion of lead climbing strategies, both physical and mental

  • Mock single-pitch leading practice

Day Two:

  • Discussion of falling, fall factors, and how they apply to the leader

  • Continued mock leading practice

Cost and Details


Max Ratio - 5:1 (Climber:Guide)

Capacity - 5

Minimum Enrollment - 2 

Climber Requirements: Ability to safely top-rope belay and ability to follow a minimum of 5.8 in the climbing gym. Bring whatever gear you have!

Cost Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions: Included in the course cost is all climbing gear, climbing permits, and the guide fee.

Exclusions: Not included in the course cost is gratuities to guide, transportation, lodging/camping fees, meals while on the course, or travel insurance.