Traditional Lead Climbing 101

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Nothing beats the freedom and adventure of placing your own gear as you lead up classic North Carolina trad routes. By enrolling in our two-day Traditional Lead Climbing class, you will gain the confidence and independence to start exploring world class granite out on the sharp end.

Our unique educational approach ensures that we are able to meet all of your climbing goals starting with a one-on-one conversation, well before you even reach the cliff. Once at the cliff, we will cover: what gear to buy, how to create “bomber” gear placements, advanced anchor building skills, managing fear while leading, and so much more. On the second day of the course, you will get a chance to start leading traditional climbing routes and receive personalized recommendations to achieve your climbing goals.

Don’t have your own gear yet? No worries! We will provide you with all the gear needed for climbing that day.

Who is this for: Climbers who are seeking to lead traditionally protected routes. Participants should be able to confidently belay and top rope 5.8 outdoor climbs.

Client to guide ratio:  4:1

Trip Length: This is a two-day course. Participants are expected to make proper meal and lodging arrangements prior to the event. We would be happy to refer you to campsites or hotels.

2021 Date: June 26-27, August 21-22 

Want more dates? With two or more students we can provide custom dates. Just reach out by using the contact us button below. 

Location: Unless requested, this course takes place at Table Rock, North Carolina. Any of the following locations can be requested at no additional coat. Request must be made two weeks prior to the course date. Crowders Mountain State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, Stone Mountain State Park, Moore's Wall, Rumbling Bald, and Big Rock.


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Cost for
2 Day Course
1 $460
2 $325 Each
3 $280 Each
4 $240 Each

*Curious on pricing? Contact us to find out how many people are already registered.

Topics Covered:

  • What gear to buy first and what is an NC “standard” rack
  • Pros/Cons of active and passive gear
  • Best placement options for each style
  • Creating efficient stances to place and clean gear
  • Traditional gear racking techniques
  • Protecting for the primary and secondary forces seen on gear
  • Building traditional gear anchors
  • Mitigating risk for the follower
  • Lead belay techniques specific to traditional climbing
  • How to safely bail off a route
  • Reading guide books and choosing the best routes
  • Rope management
  • Climber to belayer communication
  • Managing fear while leading
  • Risk management
  • **Time permitting; Top managed belay techniques

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NC Outdoor Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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