Sport Climbing

Climbing a route from the ground up on lead is quite the experience, however it is not without risk. This course is designed to teach climbers how to mitigate these risks and become a safe lead climber.  Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate and hone the skills introduced while climbing in mock lead climbing scenarios.  Participants should have previous climbing/belaying experience.

  • Lead climbing:  While leading a climber must take into account other things besides the
  • Lead belaying:  Belaying a leader requires a different technique then top rope belaying.  More factors are at play and it is imperative that all lead belayers understand what those are.
  • Anchors:  Once a lead climber arrives at the top of a route it may be their responsibility to create a safe and secure anchor for others in their group to top rope on.  While this may seem like a simple task for some, it is incredibly important.
  • Cleaning anchors:  The ability to safely transition yourself from the climbing rope to the anchor is a skill often overlooked.
  • Rappelling and lowering:  Getting back to the ground symbolizes the end of a climb, yet whether we rappel or get lowered by our belayer depends on the situation.
  • Stick clipping:  Having the climbing rope clipped to the first bolt before leaving the ground is an important safety measure often needed while sport climbing.  During this course you will learn how to construct and use stick clips.