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 general application period has ended. Please reach out to the course lead to be added to the wait list.

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

This course has no scheduled activities.

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