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Learn to Lead

Learn How to Lead Sport Climbs

Learning to lead climb outdoors is an exciting and empowering thing! Once you are able to comfortably lead a climb, you are able to explore new terrain and climbing areas. This 2-day course will help you transition from being a competent top-rope climber to a lead-climbing rock star. The goal here is to help you build confidence, and make progress in outdoor climbing with the help of some technical skills.

Lead climbing outside is all about route reading, body position, and specific technical skills. Under the watchful eye of your guide and instructor, you’ll get on the fly feedback as well as the chance to play with new skills. We’ll cover the proper way to clip quick draws, basic anchor building, how to clean an anchor, and how to safely bail off of a route. Once you’ve completed this course, you will be ready to lead on your own outdoors!

Another important component of lead climbing outdoors is giving your partner a solid belay. We get it, if you’re used to top-roping, lead belaying might seem a little bit tricky. But with the guidance of our instructors, we will show you how easy it can be. Giving the perfect belay not only makes your day easier and safer, but it will also keep your climbing partners feeling confident so they can climb their best. Everyone loves a nice soft catch.

There is plenty of sport climbing near Denver, and we can get you out there clipping bolts!

Did you miss the climbing course you really wanted to take? We can always offer any course as a Private Day instead. Contact Us to set up a Private Day.

Learning how to sport climb in Golden, Colorado

Learn to Lead

Take the next step outdoors and learn to lead sport routes! This action packed class takes confident top-ropers and turns them into new leaders.

Learn to Lead

Are you ready to start leading outdoors? This course will show you the necessary skills need to lead sport routes. Everything from back-clipping to bailing off a route is covered in this 2 day course. The goal is for you to walk away with the skills and confidence to lead a route by yourself. There are many chances within this course to practice skills, ask questions, and work through common problems while leading.

This is a hands on class where you will have plenty of time to practice, ask questions, and apply skills in new ways.  Instructor demonstrations coupled with hands on experience is a great way to put it all together. Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your leading skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.


Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.


  • Learn from a pro! Our guides/instructors have undergone rigorous training and certification to be able to teach you

  • Instructor demos and tons of hands on experience

  • Plenty of time to ask questions and practice new skills

  • You'll walk away from this course with an understanding of the skills needed to lead a sport climb

Topics Covered

  • Climbing equipment necessary to lead a sport climb

  • Lead belaying

  • Bolted anchor construction

  • How to protect yourself while leading

  • How to clean anchors

  • Falling

  • Learn how/when to bail off a route

  • Tips from an AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Price Includes

  • An AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor

  • All necessary climbing equipment including harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes, belay devices, ropes, and protection

  • Professional guiding, instruction, and coaching throughout the entire day

  • Resources to further your climbing journey

Price Excludes

  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area

  • Gratuity

  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.

  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)

Course Dates & Price

Course Dates

April 1-2, 2023

June 3-4, 2023

August 12-13, 2023




Clear Creek Canyon

Course Length

8:00am to 4:00pm (daily)

Difficulty Rating
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