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Climbing Course

Leading on Trad

Comprehensive introduction to leading alpine rock with traditional protection and self rescue


Application Submissions: Closed 10/10/2022

Application results published: No Later Than November 1

Cancellation : Refund minus $10 by 2nd Session (February 19). No refunds on or after this date.


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. This course is oriented to those who wish to learn how to place gear, build anchors, and have basic rescue skills in an alpine environment. 


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. The strongest applicants should be able to lead a minimum of 5.8 outdoors on rock while placing their own quickdraws. Those that can lead indoors at 5.9 will be considered as well, but preference will go to those with outdoor climbing experience.


    • 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
    • introduction to self rescue

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

This course has no scheduled activities.

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)
  • Grigri
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.