Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Intro to Trad Climbing Workshop - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

This skills workshop will cover the basics of trad climbing - placing cams & nuts as protection for traditional routes and the construction of trad anchors for multi-pitch and alpine rock routes as well as crack climbing techniques. This skills workshop has prerequisites, see leader's notes for details. Evening session, 6pm-9pm.

  • Moderate

The Mountaineers Program Center, 6pm-9pm (EVENING SESSION)

This workshop should be considered as an introduction to trad climbing. Students will also need to practice trad climbing through mock leads & feedback on their placements on outdoor trips to become competent trad climbers. Placing gear and trad/crack climbing in general is a skill that can take years to master. MAC student should understand that attendance at this workshop does not guarantee the opportunity to lead trad routes on trips. It may require enrollment in MAC over multiple years to build that level of competency so be patient. 

Prerequisites: All skills workshops throughout the year including climbing 101 / lead climbing, anchors/cleaning routes, rappelling, and multi-pitch.

Students interested in pursuing trad climbing are encouraged to attend all the available trad workshops. Attendance at at least one of them is a prerequisite for leading trad routes at venues such as Leavenworth or Squamish/North Cascades on the summer trip. Remember that is a basic requirement and attendance does not guarantee access to these opportunities. 


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

personal climbing gear including:

harness, helmet, guide style belay device & locker (Black diamond guide or Petzl reverso type), personal anchor system (PAS) & locker, prusik cord & locker, 1-2 extra locking carabiners, 2-4 non-locking carabiners & 1-2 slings/quickdraws. Optional climbing shoes. 

All climbing gear can be borrowed from the Mountaineers day-of. 

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