NC Outdoor Adventures

Min Age

12 yrs

Max Group Size



6 hrs




Nothing beats the freedom and adventure of placing your own gear as you lead up classic North Carolina trad routes. By enrolling in our two-day Traditional Lead Climbing class, you will gain the confidence and independence to start exploring world class granite out on the sharp end.

Our unique educational approach ensures that we are able to meet all of your climbing goals starting with a one-on-one conversation, well before you even reach the cliff. Once at the cliff, we will cover: what gear to buy, how to create “bomber” gear placements, advanced anchor building skills, managing fear while leading, and so much more. On the second day of the course, you will get a chance to start leading traditional climbing routes and receive personalized recommendations to achieve your climbing goals.


Introduction to climbing the best in the Carolina's


Climbers must have working knowledge of belaying, tying in, and partner checks. Climbers must provide their own climbing shoes.

Locations and Times:

All advanced climbing educational courses are booked as private trips. To book this course please email or fill out an inquiry form, select this course and provide dates/locations of interest and groups size (1-6).

Once a guide is confirmed for your date, we will send a quote for the trip. Once paid your guide will reach out to cater the trip to your specific climbing goals based on your experience.


Ranges from $325-180 and is based on group size.

Trad is rad climbing courses with NCOA

Topics Covered:

  • What gear to buy first and what is an NC “standard” rack
  • Pros/Cons of active and passive gear
  • Best placement options for each style
  • Creating efficient stances to place and clean gear
  • Traditional gear racking techniques
  • Protecting for the primary and secondary forces seen on gear
  • Building traditional gear anchors
  • Mitigating risk for the follower
  • Lead belay techniques specific to traditional climbing
  • How to safely bail off a route
  • Reading guide books and choosing the best routes
  • Rope management
  • Climber to belayer communication
  • Managing fear while leading
  • Risk management
  • **Time permitting; Top managed belay techniques

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Group bookings: For groups of 20 or more please contact or call us on (828) 260-4505


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