Introduction to Leading Trad Climbs


$125 for REI Members

$145 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 4 Vigorous
  • Skill level 3 Advanced
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 6 people

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.

  • To refine climbing technique including rope management, route finding, efficient climbing movement, and fundamentals of safety
  • Evaluate proper placement of cams and nuts
  • To learn to lead Trad climbs and lead belay while on top rope

What to bring with you

Map image of Mission Trails: Climbers Loop Trail Head

More directions and information

Park at Visitor Center. Late arrivals will be considered cancelations. Allow 10 - 15 minutes to walk from your car to the trail head.