Intro to Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing

The perfect course for newer rock climbers looking ahead to their first trad lead.

Our Intro to Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing Course at the City of Rocks is the perfect course sport climbers looking towards their first trad lead or for experienced leaders seeking valuable knowledge often overlooked by recreational climbers.

The format includes demo/practice mini-clinics followed by guided modeling, mock leads, and actual leads. After covering gear placement, anchor building, and multi-pitch belay management, instructors will follow routes or ascend adjacent fixed lines to provide coaching and assess protection. By the end of the course, participants will have done their own lead or acquire the skills to confidently do so outside of the class.

Want to learn more? Read a blog post about this course!

Day 1

  • The climbers rack
  • Gear placement
  • Anchor construction
  • Belay modes
  • Belay station managment

Day 2

  • Climbing physics topics
  • Protection strategies
  • Mock leads building to live leads

 Difficulty: 1-2 years previous climbing experience recommended

 Duration: 2 days

 Meeting Time: 9am

 Meeting Location: City of Rocks Visitor Center in Almo

 What We Provide:

  • All technical climbing equipment (shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, carabiners). Discount packages can be purchased at Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum.

 What You Need:

  • Basic outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Small day pack
  • Lunches
  • Lodging or camping arrangements near the City of Rocks
  • Review the equipment list

Ratio: 4:1

 Rates: $450/person (based on 3 person minimum)


  • Saturday & Sunday, May 18-19, 2024
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 1-2, 2024
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 14-15, 2024