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Lead Climbing

Ready to start taking the "sharp end" outdoors? Learn to lead climb with our professional instructors in Red Lodge, Montana. This 1-2 day course is for intermediate to advanced climbers who want to learn how lead climbing safely, whether it be sport or traditional. 



Intermediate to advanced, experience climbing outdoors recommended


Ability to climb 5.8 comfortably



April to November

Group Size:

1-4 participants


1-2 days; each with 6-8 hours of field time


Red Lodge, Montana


Rental climbing equipment, group equipment, & instruction from a professional guide 


Food, transportation, lodging, personal items, and guide gratuity

Course Details

This course is built to set climbers up with the skills they need lead climb safely. Participants will walk away with understanding of the implicit risks and tools to mitigate them. Beyond the wide range of skills covered, climbers will get mental coaching and movement feedback. This is a fun and safe way to learn how to hang ropes from the ground up!

Skills Covered:

  • Understanding different crags​

  • Equipment selection  

  • Review of knots, hitches, and lead belaying

  • Movement & mental game

  • Clipping (z-clipping, back clipping, etc.)

  • Anchor building

  • Cleaning an anchor

  • Safe falling

  • Retreat

This course is typically 2 days long and starts with a briefing at our office and gear depot in Red Lodge. Here, we discuss special considerations for lead climbing. Day 1 takes us to a limestone cliff, just outside of town where we can review and learn technical skills, applying them with mock leads. Day 2 takes us further down the canyon to a granite cliff, where we can practice the skills learned on day 1 and dive deeper into movement, metal game, safe falling, and bailing.  The main goal of this course is to provide participants with the skills needed to lead climb safely. 


**Don't see a course date listed? Email our office to see if there is one coming up, or start a course of your own! Many of our courses are custom and low ratio, built to your needs.

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