Intro to Sport Climbing
The basics of outdoor lead climbing
Learn how to lead climb outside on real rock!
Take the next step to advance your outdoor climbing! Learning to lead is a great way to challenge yourself, open new opportunities to climb in terrain where anchors are only accessed via leading, and introducing a new dimension to your outdoor climbing.
This one-day course teaches the basics to get sport leading outside, whether you just learned to top rope or have been climbing for some time. Lead climbing involves bringing your rope up with you as you climb higher up the rock, clipping your rope into protection as you go. In Sport Climbing, you will clip your rope into pre-fixed hardware in the rock (bolts) using quickdraws.
During this course we will teach topics including:
Introduction to necessary gear for sport leading and its care
Belay device types and their distinctions between a lead and top rope belay application
Communications, commands, and safety checks
Basic lead climbing movement and terrain assessment
Proper quickdraw clipping techniques and stances
Mock leading (practicing clipping and lead movement with the security of a top rope belay)
Setting up anchor top-rope anchors after leading a climbing route
Introduces principles for cleaning anchors, time allowing
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Knows how to tie into the rope for climbing
Can independently perform safety checks before climbing
Capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.
Proficient top rope belayer with tube style (ATC) or assisted braking (GriGri) devices.
This course does not cover rappelling, and only briefly introduces anchor cleaning. To learn these skills, consider taking our full day “Gym2Crag - Anchors, Cleaning and Rappelling” course. Bundle both courses during a weekend and receive a $25 discount on your registration!
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