Introduction to Single Pitch Trad A - Seattle - 2024

Climbing Course

Introduction to Single Pitch Trad A

Introduction to placing traditional gear in a single pitch crack climbing environment.

The application link will go live on December 1, 2023 and will be open until December 15th.

This course is designed to prepare students to learn the skills to lead climb single pitch traditional routes at crags. Students will be given time and education to safely and efficiently place gear and develop new climbing skills that will help them break into a new type of climbing.

Students must be already leading sport routes (bolted routes) to be eligible for this course. Prospective students must submit a completed application to the course leader to apply.

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Kick Off Meeting
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Mar 8, 2024
Registration closes Mar 6
11 participants
Workshop 1
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 12, 2024
Registration closes Mar 10
8 participants
3 instructors
Workshop 2
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 28, 2024
Registration closes Mar 26
8 participants
3 instructors
Weekend Field Trip 1
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Apr 6, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 7, 2024
Registration closes Apr 4
8 participants
4 instructors
Weekend Field Trip 2
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
Registration closes Apr 11
4 participants
3 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
Registration closes Apr 12
4 participants
3 instructors
Required Equipment

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


  • One set of camelots size equivalent to Black Diamond #.3 to #3 (any brand)
  • Full set of nuts (any brand)
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rock shoes
  • 2 personal anchors
  • 6 24 inch alpine slings with 2 wire gate carabiners per sling
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • Auto blocking belay device, i.e. Petzl Reverso, Black Diamond ATC Guide, Edelrid Mega jul
  • Nut tool
  • 20 feet cordalette, 6M nylon, 5M tech cord or spectra
  • Smaller Camelots optional; Black Diamond X4, Fixe Alien or any other brand  
  • Chalk bag
  • Crack gloves or 2 rolls of climbing tape
Course Materials
Leavenworth and Tieton beginner trad routes

Courtesy of Chase Giltner and mountain project