Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad A - Seattle - 2024

Climbing Course

Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad A

Introduction to climbing in a multi pitch environment.

This course is designed to teach students the skills to complete multi pitch traditional routes at crags. Students will be given time and education to safely and efficiently to lead multi pitch climbs and develop new skills that will ensure they are effective leaders for the multi pitch environment.

This course will cover the following skills:

  • Gear Selection
  • Route selection 
  • Rappelling skills
  • Anchor Building
  • Racking
  • Belay station transitions
  • Belay escape
  • Ascending a rope
  • Exit strategies or "how-to bail"
  • Dealing with environmental factors

Application will be available December 1

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Kick Off Meeting
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Apr 5, 2024
Registration closes Apr 3
11 participants
Workshop 1
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 11, 2024
Registration closes Apr 14
8 participants
2 instructors
Weekend Field Trip 1
Sat, Apr 20, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 18
8 participants
3 instructors
Workshop 2
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 24, 2024
Registration closes Apr 22
8 participants
1 instructor
Weekend Field Trip 2
Sat, May 4, 2024
Registration closes May 2
4 participants
3 instructors
Sun, May 5, 2024
Registration closes May 3
4 participants
3 instructors
Required Equipment

More information about required gear will be provided to those admitted to the course.


  • One set of cams size equivalent to Black Diamond #.3 to #3 (any brand)
  • Full set of nuts (any brand)
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rock shoes
  • 1 personal anchor
  • 6 24 inch (single) alpine slings with 2 wire gate carabiners per sling
  • 2 double length alpine slings with 2 wire gate carabiners per sling
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • Auto blocking guide mode belay device, i.e. Petzl Reverso, Black Diamond ATC Guide
  • Nut tool
  • 20 feet cordalette, 6M nylon, 5M tech cord or spectra
  • Hollow block (Sterling) – either 13.5” or 19”
  • Small daypack to carry water, food and insulation on climbs
  • Smaller Camelots optional; Black Diamond X4, Fixe Alien or any other brand  
  • Chalk bag
  • Crack gloves or 2 rolls of climbing tape
Course Materials
Student Gear List Multi Pitch

Student Gear list for Multi Pitch module course

Carabiner Wrap Omni

This is a quick way to oppose two pieces in order to isolate the direction of load on your most bomber piece in a hanging belay anchor. It is inherently omni-directional.

Multi Pitch climbing resources

Same as intermediate resources document plus more with the ability to add more