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Traditional climbing is the art of leaving no trace. In trad climbing, we use removable equipment and protection. In this course, we will cover gear placement, leading techniques and anchor building to help you start leading single pitch trad climbs on your own. This course is taught by AMGA Certified Rock Guides.

Course length

2 Days, can be combined with Multi Pitch Trad Climbing Course for 4 days.

Locations we offer this course

  • Washington (Index, Vantage)

Upcoming Dates


Private Course Availability: May - September 2023

Group Course Dates:

May 11  - 12 (Can be combined with Trad Multi-Pitch Course for 4 day course)

June 17 - 18 (Can be combined with Trad Multi-Pitch Course for 4 day course) Only 1 spot left!

July 15 - 16  (Can be combined with Trad Multi-Pitch Course for 4 day course)

August 12 - 13

September 1 - 2  (Can be combined with Trad Multi-Pitch Course for 4 day course)

Don't see a date in a location you are looking for? Reach out to us about setting up a private course on your preferred date.


​You must have taken our sport climbing course or have experience top-roping outside at a grade of 5.7 or higher AND leading inside at a grade 5.8 or higher. Contact us if you have any questions about whether or not you are ready for this course.

Course Ratio 

Max 4:1

Course Cost

Group Course Cost


Please note we will have to charge private course rates if only 1 person signs up.

Private Course Cost

1 participant: $895

2 participants: $550 per person

3 participants: $450 per person

4+ participants: $395 per person

Trad Climbing Courses: About


  • We will briefly review skills from the learn to sport climb course

  • Appropriate gear selection

  • Traditional gear placement

  • Anchor building and evaluation using traditional gear

  • Anchor building and evaluation using natural anchors or terrain features

  • Leading techniques for trad climbing

  • Standard lead belaying techniques

  • Falling techniques

  • Rappelling

  • Basic crack climbing technique

  • Mental techniques for leading

  • Route finding and topos

Trad Climbing Courses: About



  • Instruction from an AMGA certified Rock Guide

  • Climbing Permits

  • Use of Group Technical Equipment such as Ropes and Rack


  • Personal Climbing Equipment (harness, helmet, shoes, belay devices)

  • Transportation

  • Lodging or Camping 

  • Meals while on the course

  • Trip Insurance

  • Guide Gratuity

Trad Climbing Courses: FAQ
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