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 anyone who wants to further develop their rock skills and learn to lead outside.


UPDATED prerequisites are forthcoming from the committee.  Questions? Email a course contact/leader/chair. 


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 the spring and the course goes from September to October. A pre-course climbing night is often required before the commencement of the course. 


The goal is to  give  participants the tools to ascend and clean well bolted single pitch sport climbing routes in an outdoor setting. And to create confident, independent, and competent leaders who will keep themselves and their climbing partners safe.


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 both hands on lectures, and experiential learning in an indoor or outdoor setting with an instructor. Finally, the course culminates with a complete practicum of their skills in an outdoor setting.