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Climbing Course

Leading on Trad

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

note: applications are now closed

this course requires an application. do not enroll directly into the course, do not ask for permission to register. the application will be available the first week of october


Application Submissions: October 01 - October 08 

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.


    • 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.

Note: those taking the course who've taken Basic Alpine Climbing will also be awarded the "Rock Rope Leader" badge so that they may participant on alpine rock climbs as a rope leader.

Those taking the course who have not taken Basic Alpine Climbing or the equivalent will NOT be awarded the "Rock Rope Leader" badge. Any volunteer requirements that require rope leading on a Basic Alpine Climb will be changed to volunteering at rock oriented field trips or cragging trips.


Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Rope Leadership
Online Classroom
Tue, Apr 23, 2024
Registration closes Apr 22
2 participants
0 instructors
Leading on Trad - Skills
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
0 participants
1 instructor
Back-Up Field Trip (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 1, 2024
Registration closes Apr 29
2 participants
1 instructor
Sat, Jun 8, 2024 -
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
Registration closes Jun 6
4 participants
5 instructors
Multipitch 1
Sat, May 4, 2024 -
Sun, May 5, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
0 participants
1 instructor
Multipitch 2
Sat, May 18, 2024 -
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 16
0 participants
0 instructors
Leader Rescue Skills
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 28, 2024
Registration closes May 26
1 participant
0 instructors
Leader Rescue Scenarios
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Jun 1, 2024
Registration closes May 30
0 participants
1 instructor
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

There are no materials for this course.