The heart of lead climbing is solid protection and anchoring skills. It is vastly different from following. You are in charge of protecting yourself, route finding and belaying your follower. This course will give you the skills to climb single pitch traditional and sport climbs.

Program Outline

Skills covered during the course include:

• Active and passive gear placements
• Anchor construction
• Lead climbing and belaying considerations and strategies
• Rope management
• Anchor station management
• Anchor cleaning

Notes and other information

We recommend reading the following books.
Long, John. How To Rock Climb: Climbing Anchors, Falcon Press, 1993
Long, John. How To Rock Climb: More Climbing Anchors, Falcon Press, 1996
Luebben, Craig. How To Rock Climb: Knots for Climbers, Falcon Press, 1996


We are based in Bishop, California. We vary the location some depending upon the weather conditions and will be the Mammoth Lakes or Bishop areas. We will confirm the exact location prior to the start of the program.


Our guides are American Mountain Guides Association trained so you can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.



Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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