By the end, students will be prepared to lead their own multi-pitch trad climbs at any climbing venue in the world. This course is packed with climbing mileage and culminates with a long multi-pitch rock route. Common areas for this climb include Eldorado Canyon State Park, The Flatirons and Rocky Mountain National Park. If the five-day course is too long, we recommend taking some of our two day courses like the Learn to Lead Trad course.
Day 1: Learn to Lead Trad: Risk management, Placing gear and building anchors, Choosing routes, Reading guidebooks, Route-finding, Racking, Climbing signals and communication, Strategic use of quickdraws and slings
Day 2: Learn to Lead Trad (continued): Positive mental attitude, Retreating from a lead, Fixed protection, Aiding out of trouble, Mock leads and critiques
Day 3: Crack Climbing Clinic: Taping, Footwear, Hand jams, Foot jams, Finger jams, Laybacking, Introduction to off-size jamming.
Day 4: Rock Rescue: Learn to escape the belay, ascend and descend a rope, build raising and lowering systems
Day 5: Take all your new skills for a spin on a long multi-pitch rock route.
Colorado Mountain School
633 S Broadway St.
Boulder, CO 80305
This course covers the skills that are essential to becoming a reliable climbing partner.
Routes are not predetermined. Our guides will make the decision during the outing based on the interests and ability levels of participants.
Potential climbing areas include Boulder Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, The Flatiron s and Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Colorado Mountain School offers a 16 bunk lodge that is conveniently located upstairs from our office and classroom in downtown Estes Park. The lodge features a full kitchen, WiFi, a lounge and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).
All of our courses can be run as custom outings. If you’re interested in a course, but it doesn’t fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.
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