Sport Climbing - Tacoma - 2019

Climbing Course

Sport Climbing

Sport Climbing - Leading on Bolts - Tacoma 2019

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.

Interested in transitioning from the climbing gym to real rock? Want to solidify or refresh newly acquired rock climbing skills? Want to develop new skills and take your climbing to new heights? If so, this course is for you!

The sport climbing course will help you begin developing the skills needed to safely lead climb sport (bolted) routes on both rock and plastic, and to safely lead belay a partner.  In addition, we will examine other systems crucial to safe outdoor lead climbing, such as setting up anchors for top-roping a route, cleaning the anchors, and lowering safely back down a route.

This course is open to climbers of all ability levels!  However,  you should already be comfortable with the mechanics of top-rope belaying.  If you have any questions about what that means, or about the course in general, please e-mail course leader Benjamin Brown at

Click here for the formal, Curriculum Committee-templated agenda for this course. Please feel free to use the "Comment" function to leave comments or ask questions directly on the document!

While the field trips for this course are optional, they are highly encouraged and are intended to put new skills into practice at the crag. Pulling on rock always beats wrestling with plastic!

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

Needed by the first classroom session: 

  • HELMET (If you do not own a climbing helmet please try to borrow one.  A bike helmet is better than nothing and will work for the first two classroom sessions, but you will need to acquire a proper climbing helmet by the first outdoor field trip.)
  • climbing harness
  • belay device (tube-style and ATC are fine; "assisted braking" device is preferred (BD Pilot, Mammut Smart Alpine, Edelrid Jul or MegaJul, GriGri, etc.))
  • pear-shaped, round-profile carabiner for use with belay device

Needed by the first field trip: same as above, plus;

  • personal anchor (we will cover this in class)
  • two locking carabiners
  • quickdraws (if possible; if not, there will be plenty to share with other climbing partners)

You will not need to purchase a rope for this course or for our field trips.

Course Materials

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