Traditional Lead Climbing 101

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Description: 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.

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

Locations and Times:

    • April 9-10. Table Rock, NC. 9am-5pm both days
    • June 11-12. Table Rock, NC. 9am-5pm both days
    • September 17-18. Table Rock, NC. 9am-5pm both days

Number of Participants: 2-4

Cost: $325

*All courses must be registered for 7 days prior to the course date. Late registrants are accepted on a case by case basis. Please Email. Additionally, we offer 100% flexible pricing for those who inquire. Please email to inquire on our "Pay What You Can (PWYC)" model and reserve your spot today.

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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NC Outdoor Adventures

NC Outdoor Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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