Trad Climbing Mentorship Week


This week long program is designed to help someone quickly accelerate the learning curve of becoming a self-suffienicent trad climber. Designed for those with experience leading sport and top roping outside, and enough experience to know they want to be able to trad climb on their own, this week long program will open up a whole new world of rock climbing. The focus of the 5 days is time spent placing gear up off the ground, while your guide ascends a rope next to you in order to provide you real time critical feedback and risk management should you need assistance.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Mastery of basic rock climbing gear
  • Developing experience and understanding of removable traditional protection
  • Mastery of lead belay techniques in a single and multipitch scenario
  • Developing ability to recognize well placed, and poorly placed traditional gear
  • Developing trust of well placed traditional gear
  • Mastery of building and using multi pitch traditional anchors
  • Developing Understanding of when and how to extend gear
  • Developing understanding of efficient rope systems for multipitch climbing
  • Mastery of belaying a following climbing from above 

*The goal of this program is for someone to be able to enter it with significant experience sport climbing, gym climbing, top roping, or following other climber's trad leads, and by the end of it be able to effectively lead single and multi pitch traditional rock climbs within their personal ability. 

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Price: $1400/person 

Program Length: 5 days

Dates: May 19-23, October 6-10  Custom dates available if you have 2 or more people

Location: Boulder, Colorado; Squamish, Bc; Smith Rock; The gunks, NY

Max Ratio 4:1, Minimum Ratio 2:1


  • Eagerness and motivation to lead trad climbs
  • Ability to lead sport climbs outdoors up to 5.7 in difficulty

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Whats included:

  • 5 days of instruction from an IFMGA licensed mountain guide and avid trad climber
  • Group Gear 
  • Park Entrance fees if applicable

Sample Itenerary:

Day 1: Meet and greet. Discuss risk management, perform gear check and chat about basic gear choice. Travel to a nearby crag to spend the day introducing the basics of gear placement and anchor building. 

Day 2: Instruction session on gear extension. Mock Leads with real time feedback.

Day 3: Instruction session on belaying follower from above. Mock or live leads in single pitch venue with real time feedback. Techniques for falling and bailing. 

Day 4: Instruction session on rope management and rope systems. Live Leads with realtime feedback and risk management from guide if appropriate. 

Day 5: Capstone day. Live, multipitch leads with real time feedback from guide.