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Climbing Course

Leading on Trad

Introduction to leading on rock with traditional protection

THIS COURSE MUST BE TAKEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH small party rescue. When applying, you may only apply for Leading on TRAD or intermediate glacier travel


Applications for Foothills Intermediate is now closed. All spots and waitlisted positions will be given to those that have applied

Application Submissions: November 13 - November 20, 2020

Application Results Published: Dec 4, 2020

Cancellation: Refund minus $10 by January 25, 2021


This course teaches students the necessary skills for leading traditional climbs with strong emphasis on safety.  Note that this is not an introductory course, and it is not a course in which students are to advance their climbing grades.  To be accepted into this course, students must have prior leading experience in at least a few moderate single-pitch sport climbing routes on real rock.

Course topics:

    • review of climbing equipment
    • natural / artificial protection in traditional climbing, gear placement and evaluation
    • anchor construction and evaluation
    • rope management and transitions
    • introduction to more advanced multi-pitch leading and rappelling techniques

Students are expected to practice these skills outside the course activities, and are required to demonstrate proficiency in these skills for graduation from the course.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Crack climbing practice session (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Mar 8, 2023
Registration closed Mar 6
0 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 16, 2023
Registration closed Mar 13
0 participants
4 instructors
Rope Leadership
Online Classroom
Tue, Mar 14, 2023
Registration closed Mar 12
0 participants
2 instructors
Required Equipment

Please do not purchase equipment until after the first lecture


  • Cams in sizes .3, .4, .5, .75, 1, 2, 3, plus a small nonlocking carabiner for each
  • Nuts in sizes 1-13, plus two small nonlocking carabiner for each
  • 6 single runners
  • 2 double runners
  • 25' of 6mm nylon cordalette
  • Guide style belay device


  • 2nd 25' 6mm nylon cordalette (5.5 spectra, 7mm nylon acceptable)
  • Climbing Rope (rated for single)
Course Materials

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