Climbing Course

Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes

Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes - Seattle - Spring 2020

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The Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes Course is a program of classroom instruction designed to equip students with the fundamental technical skills and experience necessary to safely lead climb well bolted single pitch routes. This course includes 4 classroom (indoor climbing wall) sessions at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center and one outdoor crag field trip. 

For students confident when top roping 5.9 and wanting to learn how to safely lead climb.

Instruction Topics:

  • Lead belaying
  • Route risk assessment
  • Climber / belayer communication 
  • Rope management
  • Face climbing techniques
  • Clipping techniques
  • Clean anchors & rappel -and/or- clean & lower
Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Course Equipment: See attached gear guide in Course Materials tab for details! 

  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rock shoes
  • Belay (and rappelling) gloves 
  • Two personal anchors (or one PA and a sewn runner) & 2 Locking carabiners 
  • ATC belay device & one large pear shaped carabiner 
  • Rappelling auto-block (i.e. a hero loop or small 6mm sewn cord or hollowblock)
  • 6 quick draws
  • Anchor material (i.e. two alpine draws - with 4 locking carabiners) - Will discuss in first lecture
  • Optional: assisted breaking belay device (i.e. Grigri)
Course Materials

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