Intro to Leading on Bolted Routes

Intro to Leading on Bolted Routes

This course can teach you the skills to safely lead on sport (bolted) routes. Instruction includes clipping, anchors, lowering off, and climbing techniques. The course is suggested for gym climbers, scramblers, and anyone else who wants to further develop their rock skills and learn to lead.


Participants must be able to competently top-rope multiple  5.9  routes in one gym session without taking breaks or hanging on the belay while climbing. Climbing fitness is important as the class culminates outside where climbing is typically harder and risk is higher.  Participants should also be able  to top-rope belay competently.  Questions? Email a course contact/leader. 


Please bring the equipment specified in the Required Equipment section of the course to all activities. However, much of the equipment can be borrowed from course leadership or from The Mountaineers.


Registration typically begins in June and the course goes from September to October. A pre-course climbing night is often required before the commencement of the course. 


Give participants the tools and confidence to ascend and clean well bolted single pitch sport climbing routes in an outdoor setting.


Students must be proficient at lead belaying, lead climbing, clipping, falling, building a top-rope anchor and cleaning a route before the outdoor practicum.


Classes typically consist of 2 nights of both hands on and lecture, 3 nights experiential learning in an indoor climbing gym with an instructor. Finally, the course culminates with a complete practicum of their skills in an outdoor setting typically lasting a half of day.