Climbing Course

Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad

Introduction to climbing in a multi pitch environment.

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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. I

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

This course is a required course for becoming a rock rope lead. To be a rock rope lead you must take Introduction to Single Pitch Trad, Introduction to Multi-pitch trad and Self Rescue 1.

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Skills Review
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 5, 2022
Registration closes Apr 3
8 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 13, 2022
Registration closes Apr 11
8 participants
4 instructors
Mock Multi Pitch
Sat, Apr 16, 2022 -
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Registration closes Apr 14
8 participants
3 instructors
Weekend Field Trip 2
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration closes May 5
4 participants
2 instructors
Sun, May 8, 2022
Registration closes May 5
4 participants
2 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