Trad climbing skills development
3 or 6 hours
Guide & Equipment
Denver Metro Area: Golden and Boulder, Colorado
Year Round (weather dependent)
Must currently lead sport
Travelers Package (Food & local transportation)
1/2 day $175 + $49 per additional climber
Full Day $225 + $49 per additional climber
Course covering the fundamentals to follow and lead routes requiring traditional gear placement and anchors. Skills covered: Passive and active protection placement, self equalizing anchors, figure eight cord anchors, trad leading technique, rope management, route selection, hanging belays, natural hazards and applied physics. Prerequisites: Sport Leading or equivalent.
Leading traditional climbs requires significant levels of skill and practice. It is important to set up a solid foundation so that you can build a strong skill set and keep you and your followers safe. This course has a strong emphasis on gear placement, self rescue, and multi pitch techniques.
This course is for climbers who are confident sport climbers looking to develop their skill set to climb traditionally.
You should be able to comfortably climb at least 5.8 and have experience as a sport leader for this course.
Wear layers so that you can shed them if you are hot and bundle up if you are cold. Bringing rain gear, a medium sized (40+ liter) backpack, and any required medications is necessary. Light hiking shoes are great for the climbing day but tennis shoes will suffice. Climbing shoes are a must. If you don’t have any we rent them for $10. All technical equipment is provided on the Rock Climbing Basics and Top Rope Anchoring courses. The Sport Lead and Trad Lead courses require one rack per 2 participants.
Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality in the field. Your guide goes to incredible lengths to keep you safe and happy. A tip of twenty to thirty dollars per person per day is recommended for excellent service on this trip.
Cancellation Policy: There is a 50% refund available for trips canceled more than 2 weeks in advanced. All trips are non-refundable within 2 weeks of the trip date. In the case of inclement weather prior to the trip start you will be credited the amount paid for future use with Apex Ex valid for up to 1 year from the scheduled trip date.
Responsibility: In the case that a member of the party becomes sick or injured it is the responsibility of the group to abandon the summit attempt and assist in rescue. Additionally, if for any reason the guide determines the group is in unreasonable danger, it is the responsibility of the climbing members to stay with the guide. These situations are part of mountaineering and are non-refundable.
Climbing Course Progression
These courses are a progression towards rock climbing excellent rock right in your backyard or formidable peaks throughout the world. Your progression towards greater heights with Apex Ex starts with Rock Climbing Basics and progresses to Trad Climbing.