Rock Climbing 301: Single Pitch Lead Climbing

Rock Climbing 301: Single Pitch Lead Climbing

Date: November 02 - November 03, 2024

Course Category: Rock Climbing 301-Single Pitch Lead Climbing    

Location: North Carolina

Instructor: Forrest Stavish

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This two-day group course is for individuals with some climbing background who now wish to get out by themselves and learn to lead climb! This course will focus on effective techniques for leading ‘traditional’ (placing gear) and ‘sport’ (bolted) climbs in a single pitch setting. The course will look at climbing efficiently, gear placements, and anchor building with lots of climbing and one-on-one coaching throughout from your instructor.

We start with an in-depth review of gear placements and climbing equipment, then move on to ‘mock leading’ (leading with a top rope) with the instructor alongside to coach. By the end of this intensive course, you will have lead traditional climbs while the instructor ascends alongside looking at each placement you make. This course is the perfect next step for the top rope climber who wants to start leading trad and sport climbs by themselves!

“I started doing courses and private guiding with you guys one year ago. I had never climbed anything outside in my life. Now, I lead multipitch rock and ice, and I take my friends climbing too” – John Wallis

Topics Covered:

  • Lead climbing strategies and techniques for climbing confidently
  • Equipment selection and racking considerations
  • Ropework: clean, efficient systems
  • Detailed look at gear placements including cams, stoppers, and tricams,
  • Review of climbing anchors
  • Evaluating fixed gear
  • Review of understanding guidebooks, reading topos, and choosing appropriate climbs
  • Common myths and truths about climbing equipment

For more information, see the full course description here.