Rock Climbing

Rock 4 - Placement Protection Lead Climbing

Empower yourself with the knowledge to begin safely lead climbing placement protection routes.

The ability to lead climb using placement protection opens up whole new realms of possibilities for adventure that lie beyond the restricted environment of sport lead climbing. This course is ideal for climbers with previous sport lead climbing experience and/or training. Depending on your current skills, you'll have the opportunity to learn about placement protection products, single and multi-pitch placement protection anchors, single and multi-pitch lead strategies, lead and top-down belays, retreat methods while using advanced rappel systems and basic rescue techniques. Placement Protection provides a solid foundation with which to move on to our more advanced Multi-Pitch Traditional Lead climb course.

Topics Include

  • History of climbing and ethics
  • Product knowledge
  • Proper use and care of equipment
  • Harnesses, Knots & Rope Management
  • Placement Protection & Anchors
  • Anchor systems
  • Natural Anchors
  • Ground anchors
  • Safety and hazard assessment
  • Rock climbing movement skills
  • Lead Climb & Multi-pitch Strategies
  • Route Finding
  • Communication
  • Lead & Top Belays
  • Dynamic lead belays
  • Belay stations and hanging belays
  • Seconding a Route
  • Retreating from a route
  • Anchor retreat skills
  • Fixed and natural rappel anchors
  • Advanced rappels w/ a back-up
  • Multi-pitch Rappels
  • Escaping a belay systems
  • Basic rescue skills


Cost: $190
Ratio: Min: 2 / Max: 4
# of Days: 1
Duration: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Prerequisite: Yes

Experienced top-rope, gym lead or sport lead climber, comfortable top-roping to a 5.9 standard.

Group Rates

* Custom course dates available on request.

Organize a training day with your friends and take advantage of our Group Rates.

Group Rate Discounts of 15% apply when 3 or more persons book together as a group.

* Contact Us to either book your Group or to upgrade to a Private or Semi-private course.

Next season's course dates coming soon.