Looking to take your indoor climbing skills to the next level?
Learn the fundamentals of both lead climbing and lead belaying; use of climbing equipment, safety commands, correct methods for lead belaying, proper clipping, rope management and how to catch lead falls.
There are no refunds for this class – please read the prerequisites! If you are unsure about your climbing ability in regards to this class, please talk to staff prior to registering. We are happy to help you!
This class consists of two parts:
Part 1: 3 hour class + optional climbing session after lesson
Part 2: 30-min lead check; available on a walk-in basis
Duration: 3 hours
Age Requirements: Must be 16 years of age or older
- Comfortable climbing at the 5.10 grade level or above
- Sending multiple routes 5.10+ in succession (no takes or falls)
- Regularly top rope climbing 8+ months
- Comfortable using a tube belay device (ATC)
- Top-rope check completed and documented
- climbing shoes
- tube-style belay device
Ready to sign-up for a class? Scroll down to the class calendar below or sign-up in-person at the front desk or call your home gym. If you have questions, please ask our front-desk staff. We would be happy to assist you!
What is indoor lead climbing?
Lead climbing begins with the rope on the ground, instead of hanging from anchors at the top of the wall. The climber ties into one end of the rope, and the belayer attaches to the rope, roughly 10-15 feet from the climber. As the climber ascends the gym wall, they clip the rope into pre-bolted points of protection (typically permadraws) along the route. As the climber makes moves and clips, the belayer feeds slack out for the climber. Lead belaying is more dynamic than top rope belaying, and requires constant engagement and communication with the climber.
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