Learn to Lead: Trad Climbing
Trad climbing skills are foundational to any climber who aspires to climb Connecticut's classic routes, multi-pitch lines in the Gunks or alpine rock routes in New Hampshire, the Cascades and beyond.
We'll practice placing protection, building anchors and belay systems for single and multi-pitch terrain. We'll also introduce basic self-rescue skills to help you avoid and escape sticky situations on the cliff. You'll start on low-stress leads with a top rope backup as you develop your skills and progress under the supervision of an AMGA certified instructor.
- Selecting and placing traditional climbing gear
- Anchor skills and assessment
- Belay systems for the leader and follower
- Leader security and station management
- Intro to self rescue - lowering and raising a follower
Climb 5.8 or higher, extensive top rope belay experience.
Private (1:1) $280
Semi Private (1:2) $165ea
Small Group (1:3+) $140ea
New Trad Leaders
We recommend booking two days of instruction to give adequate time to learn and practice the myriad skills.
20% discount after the first day.
Experienced leaders are welcome to book a single day or refresher course where we build on the skills you already have.
We recommend a 1:1 or 2:1 student to guide ratio for lead courses to ensure the best learning outcomes. Max ratio is 4:1.