Learn to Lead Trad

Learning to lead traditional routes properly is one of the best investments a climber can make. Colorado Mountain School has a long history of teaching climbers to lead. This two-day course is packed with vital instruction and practice. Upon completion, you will be better prepared to tie into the sharp end of the rope in Eldo, Yosemite, or wherever your climbing career takes you.

Eldorado Canyon State Park Climbing Guides

Course Details


Learn to lead trad with the latest and safest techniques and equipment.

Topics include:

  • Avoid beginner mistakes and break bad habits
  • Learn proper leading techniques from a professional guide
  • Set bombproof anchors
  • Evaluate hazards thoroughly
  • Understand route-finding issues
  • Place quality protection
  • Learn basic rescue techniques



Proficient at top-roping, Experience lead belaying


8:00am - 4:00pm


8 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Includes: harness, helmet, climbing shoes and belay device

Meeting location:

Boulder Dates:
Boulder Rock Club
2829 Mapleton Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301


Denver Dates:
Big Daddy Bagels
106 N Rubey Dr # D
Golden, CO 80403


With a sixteen-bed lodge available exclusively to Colorado Mountain School students, SPI candidates are welcome to reserve a bed, but should be aware that there course meets each morning in Boulder - approximately a 50 minute drive from our logde.  Our lodge is located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $30/night.  Please call our office for reservations.


All of our courses can be run as private outings.  If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our private guiding options.