Intro to Trad Gear

Trad Gear and Anchors: An Introduction

This hands on, intro course will focus on basic principals, techniques and skills for using traditional climbing protection; cams, nuts, tricams, hexes, natural features, etc.

We will focus on applying protection skills into the context of anchor building for top rope set up, top belay and lead climbing. Learn tools and develop your bag of tricks for confident efficient trad climbing. The curriculum will be presented with a balance of instruction and hands on practice. No previous trad climbing experience is necessary. We can provide all trad gear and equipment needed.

skill covered

Essential Trad Skills for Anchor Building and Lead Climbing

Building a Climbing Rack

  • Defining and exploring hands on, each type of trad gear and how they are used.
  • What is on a starter rack? essential gear to match your goals, ability and the areas you climb.
  • Selection- selecting the correct size and type
  • Placement- optimal placement to best match terrain features

Anchor Systems

Putting it all together! Covering core anchor building principals and explore the different options of joining protection points to create solid anchor systems for top roping and top belaying.

Placing Trad Gear on Lead


Learn and explore the basic principles and considerations of placing trad gear on lead:

  • Racking up-preparing and organizing your gear
  • Stances- efficient, comfortable crack climbing technique
  • Assessing terrain and rock quality
  • Extensions to mitigate rope drag and optimal stability
  • Spacing- recognizing and protecting terrain hazards
  • Removing and re-racking gear as a second climber

All initial lead practice will be done as a “mock” lead (with added security of a top rope, on belay).

gear on lead

2022 Course Dates

April 22nd, June 4th, July 7th, Aug 8th, Sept 9th, Oct 3rd

 Courses are $150 per person, a minimum of two people required to run a course

If the listed course ‘dates don’t work with your schedule, all courses can be arranged as a Private Guided Day Trip – customized to your needs, on the day you choose.