Want to learn more about the adventurous and gear intensive side of climbing? This 2-day course is for climbers of all levels who want to learn more about traditional gear, crack climbing, advanced anchor building, and more.
Beginner to intermediate, experience climbing outdoors recommended
Ability to rock climb 2 days in a row
April to November
2 days; each with 6-8 hours of field time
Rock Creek & East Rosebud, Montana
Rental climbing equipment, group equipment, & instruction from a professional guide
Food, transportation, lodging, personal items, and guide gratuity
This course is built to set climbers up with the skills they need to become proficient with traditional climbing. Beyond the wide range of technical skills covered, this course is designed to highlight movement and strategy. It also serves as a great introduction to trad climbing venues in Montana!
Gear selection & familiarity
Review of knots, hitches, and belaying
Trad gear placement and cleaning
Advanced anchor construction & considerations
Rappelling & retreating
Traditional lead climbing strategy
Mock leads & gear assessment
Belaying from above
This course is typically 2 days long and starts with a briefing at our office and gear depot in Red Lodge. Here, we discuss the dark art of "trad climbing" and the special considerations that that we take before climbing. Day 1 takes us to a gneiss, just outside of town where we can ease into gear placement, anchor building, and crack climbing technique. Day 2 takes us further from town to East Rosebud, where we can practice crack climbing, slab climbing, and the skills learned on day 1 at a granite cliff. Eventually, we dive into lead climbing with gear and touch on multi-pitch tactics. The main goal of this course is to provide participants with the skills needed to assess terrain and safely climb with traditional gear of their own.
**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.