Introduction to Leading Trad Climbs

10:00 AM  –  5:00 PM

Sand Rock, Alabama

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  • Fitness level  4: Vigorous
  • Skill level  3: Advanced
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Group size: 12

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

Sand Rock, Alabama

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A $5 fee is required to enter the park. Your instructor will meet you in the parking lot. There is a bathroom facility on site. If you have any issues, please contact us: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm @ (423) 485-1249; or Friday-Saturday-Sunday on our after-hours phone @ (423) 708-4754. Our email is monitored Monday-Friday: Chattanooga-OS@rei.com. This event operates in Eastern Standard Time.