Trad Climbing Seminar
This two day program focuses on the fundamentals of leading traditionally protected rock climbs. Students will learn the techniques on the ground and then apply them while leading or mock leading trad routes. An emphasis is put on providing feedback to calibrate each students gear placements and risk management.
Learning outcomes include:
A basic understanding of the strengths and limitations of trad gear
The ability to recognize both good and poor cam and nut placements
The ability to recognize where to use each type of gear
A basic understanding of risk management approaches when trad climbing
Program Length: 2 days
Dates: April 28-29, May 7-8, May 19-20, June 2-3, September 8-9, October 13-14, Custom dates available if you have a large group
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Max Ratio 6:1, Minimum Ratio 2:1
Experience leading sport climbing
Comfort climbing 5.6
Comfort and familiarity with your equipment
2 days of instruction from an experienced and skilled IFMGA licensed guide
Park Entrance fees if applicable
What to expect:
Day 1: Meet and greet in Boulder, CO then travel to crag in Boulder Canyon. We will spend the morning introducing the basics. We will then introduce how to place gear and have everyone receive feedback on gear they place from the comforts of the ground. We will place individual pieces as well as combine them to created anchors. We will test each piece we place.
Day 2: Meet in Boulder then travel to Eldorado State Park. We will spend the majority of the day mock leading routes within your comfort zone working towards the possibility of each student getting in at least one true lead under my watchful eye. We'll round out the two days with recommended next steps and feedback over a cold beverage back in town.
*Boulder based programs are run through partnership with a local guide service: The Colorado Mountain School.