Intro to Multi-Pitch Trad B - Seattle - 2020

Climbing Course

Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad

Introduction to climbing in a multi pitch environment. Please read the full course description and registration information

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

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. The field trips take place in Squamish, British Columbia. All participants should, therefore, have a passport.

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

Successful completion of Intro to Single Pitch Trad course is a pre-requisite to this course. If you are part of the Intermediate Climbing Package 2020, you'll be able to pre-register for this course beginning on Jan 15th, with actual enrollment contingent upon graduation from Single Pitch.

Module students will be able to register starting Feb 1. If you have been accepted to a Single Pitch Module for 2020 but haven't completed the course and thus don't have the Leading Trad badge yet, please forward your single pitch acceptance confirmation email to leader Sam Wilson and he can offer you a spot. For those interested in taking this course without having taken Single Pitch, but believe they can demonstrate equivalent skills to qualify, please submit a completed application form (found under the "Course Materials" tab of this listing) and a leader will be in contact with you to discuss your application.

Please note this course is best for climbers who are confident leading 5.7 trad and following 5.9 trad. Others leading at lower grades should consider the Leavenworth module.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Mock Multi Pitch
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Apr 24, 2021 -
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closed Apr 22
0 participants
0 instructors
Skills Review
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 26, 2021
Registration closed Apr 24
0 participants
0 instructors
Multi Pitch Climb - Weekend Field Trip 1 (optional)
Sam Hill (Leavenworth)
Sat, May 1, 2021 -
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closed Apr 29
0 participants
Weekend Field Trip 2
Mount Erie
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closed Apr 30
0 participants
0 instructors
Required Equipment



  • one set of Camelots size .3 to a #3
  • full set of nuts
  • helmet
  • harness
  • rock shoes
  • 2 personal anchors
  • 6 24 inch alpine slings with 2 wire gate biners per sling
  • 3 locking biners
  • auto blocking belay device, ei petzle reverso, BD ATC Guide, mega jel
  • nut tool
  • 20 feet cordalette, 6M nylon, 5M tech cord or spectra
  • smaller Camelots optional; BDC3's, or any other brand  
  • chalk bag
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