An in-depth rock climbing course in traditional leading techniques and self-rescue for those wanting to take the lead end of the rope. Located in the beautiful Eastern Sierra near the towns of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, this climbing course is perfect for those with some previous climbing experience or for those who have been leading sport climbs but want instruction in protecting traditional rock climbs with gear.

  • Anchor Building & Protection Placement
  • Lead Strategy
  • Crack Climbing Techniques
  • Multi-pitch Climbing Techniques
  • Self-rescue when something goes wrong

We begin with thorough instruction in anchor building and protection placement. We then move on to putting together the lead and everyone gets time doing "mock" leads with gear and anchor evaluation by your rock guide. We then move on to an introduction into multi-pitch climbing with an emphasis on efficient climbing techniques.

And of course we spend time climbing some the classic climbs in the Eastern Sierra area.

We also spend two full days on self rescue techniques to learn how to rescue an injured partner. This is vital knowledge you don't ever want to use but should know if your climbing takes you on multi-pitch routes.

Taught by American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and IFMGA internationally certified rock climbing guides.



Guests on this course should have the ability to top rope face and crack climbs up to 5.8 in difficulty.

Recommended prior courses and trips:





2018 DATES

May 17-20
June 1-4
June 30-July 3

August 23-26
September 27-30

Custom dates available April through November

COST: $695


  • All technical rock climbing equipment except rock climbing shoes is provided (rentals available)
  • AMGA certified rock guides

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