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Traditional leading is sometimes thought to be the purest form of rock climbing, requiring climbers to place their own protection as they climb. North Carolina has approximately 1,400 traditional lead routes and only 400 bolted sport routes. If you are looking to add some adventure into your climbing and ready to step out onto the sharp end, then this traditional lead course is for you.

This course will offer participants a hands-on learning approach with lots of opportunities to place and test gear during mock lead scenarios. Climbers will have a chance to discuss and examine lead fall scenarios, loading angles, risk mitigation strategies, rope management techniques and advanced lead belaying. This is not an intro to trad gear course and it is expected that participants registering for this course already have a good understanding of how traditional gear works and how to place it. If you are looking to develop trad gear placement skills than it is recommended that you take our “Gear and Anchor building” course.

Who is this for: Experienced climbers ready to start leading traditionally protected routes

            1 person - $265
            2 persons - $165
            3  persons - $135
            4 or more - $115

Client to guide ratio: 4:1 This class is taught at a lower client to guide ratio to ensure everyone gets optimal time practicing their skills

Trip Length: This is a full day course and requires participants to bring a lunch

Dates: March 11th, May 13th, July 15th, September 9th. Want more dates? Just email us and we can schedule something for you using the above pricing.

Location: Crowder’s Mtn (March), Table Rock North Carolina (May-July), Pilot Mountain(September)

Topics Covered:

  • Requires “Gear placement and Anchor Building” course prior to enrolment
  • Reading topo maps and guide books
  • Body movement
  • Spotting
  • Belay techniques
  • Racking techniques
  • Gear placement review (focus on direction of fall and “Jesus” piece)
  • Rope management
  • Protecting the second
  • Climber to belayer communication
  • Cleaning techniques
  • **Time permitting; Top managed belay techniques

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12255 HWY 226A, 
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