Introduction to Leading Trad Climbs

  • Participants

    Age 14 and up

  • Skill level : 3

    Advanced

  • Fitness level : 4

    Vigorous

Before bolts there was trad gear. Learn to lead cracks while placing removable traditional gear such as cams or nuts. Our rock climbing instructors will teach you how to lead belay, place removable gear (cams and nuts), and plan your route, all from the safety of a mock lead. This class is designed for experienced top rope climbers wanting to gain the skills necessary to lead trad climbs. Participants should be comfortable top roping crack climbs at a 5.8 difficulty and have been climbing consistently for 1 year. Additional climbing anchors or technique classes serve as an excellent primer for trad leading.

Gear provided by REI

  • Belay Device
  • Carabiners
  • Climbing Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses

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