Sport Lead Climbing Clinic

Sport Lead Climbing Clinic

Date: October 22 - October 23, 2022

Course Category: Sport Climbing    

Location: Kentucky

Instructor: Doug Lutz

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Our Sport Lead Climbing Clinic is the ultimate “gym-to-crag” course. This two-day clinic is held in the sport climbing mecca of the U.S., the Red River Gorge, and is ideal for those looking to transition from lead climbing in the gym to safely setting up outdoor sport climbs for themselves.


Topics Covered:

  • Gear choice
  • Lead belaying
  • Quick draw orientation and clipping
  • Stick clipping
  • Building sport climbing anchors
  • Evaluating fixed gear
  • Anchor and route cleaning
  • Projecting routes
  • Crag etiquette


Participants should be lead climbing certified in a climbing gym and comfortably leading gym 5.7 and top-roping gym 5.9.




Number on course: Maximum of 6:1 client to instructor ratio

Cost*: $400
2: $500 per person (two to one instructor, two days)
1: $$690 per person (one to one instructor, two days)

*The costs are based on the actual number of participants on the course. Courses normally run at 3+ people but in the event the courses run with fewer people the costs will be as shown above. Participants who do not wish to take the course with low numbers (because of the cost) can change their course to another date.



About the Instructor:

Doug Lutz is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor who enjoys teaching all rock climbing disciplines but is particularly passionate about sport climbing. Having lived in the Red for years, he cut his teeth on the some of the best sport climbs in the country. His tick list includes mega-classics like Table of Colors (direct, 13b) and God’s Own Stone (14a). His current project is Lucifer (14c). While Doug loves crushing difficult routes, he is equally psyched to see clients send their project, regardless of the grade.