Trad Lead Climbing Course from Seattle

Join Us on 2 Days Trad Lead Climbing Course

Trad (short for “traditional”) climbing involves climbing natural features such as cracks and placing your own rock protection. Trad climbing is the primary type of climbing used to ascend bigwalls and technical routes in the mountains because it does not rely on pre-placed bolts. This course teaches students with previous rock climbing experience how to lead trad routes in a single-pitch setting. We use world-class trad climbing destinations such as the Index Town Walls to conduct this course.

Previous experience top-roping trad routes and belaying a lead climber is required to participate in this course. This can be gained on our Trad Climbing Course and combined with this course for a thorough introduction to lead climbing with traditional protection.

Skills Covered during Trad Lead Climbing Course:

  • Rope management: stacking, flaking, coiling
  • A good rack for first-time trad climbers
  • Review:Types of traditional protection: Nuts, cams, tri-cams
  • Racking protection
  • Placing protection on lead
  • Extending protection
  • Removing protection
  • Clipping rock protection
  • Movement skills for trad lead climbing. The bulk of the course will focus here.
  • Building and equalizing top-rope anchors
  • Lowering
  • Cleaning top-rope anchors

We will have a logistics meeting and gear check at least three days before your trip is scheduled to depart.

2 Days 1 Night Camping
Not Required for Americans


  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide Services
  • Pre-trip Planning/Information session on packing and gear
  • Backpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills

  • Transportation (We will help arrange carpools)
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Parking or entry fees
  • Meals/Snacks/Drinks
  • Gratuities for Guides
Day 1:
We will arrive at our instruction area by 9am. Instructors will present some safety information before showing students the equipment they recommend for first-time trad leaders. Once at the cliff instructors will have students practice placing protection and will check the placements. Students then move on to constructing simple trad top-rope anchors. Instructors then set-up a moderate crack climb and have students practice placing protection while they top-rope the route (mock lead). Instructors will provide feedback to improve the quality of student climbing movement. After instruction we head to our campsite to relax.
Day 2:
Today we wake early and head to the cliff by 8am. Students continue to practice the skills and techniques from the previous day. Students will also practice building anchors at the top of a route and lowering off their own anchors. In the later half of the day those students who have demonstrated excellent application of knowledge and who have good climbing movement skills can do their first lead climb of a trad route without the protection of a top-rope (students will not be forced to do this). Students will continue to lead climb, place anchors, and descend until around 4pm.


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