Traditional Lead Climbing

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If you’ve taken our intermediate courses or have equivalent experience elsewhere, it’s now time to tie into the sharp end and take Kaf’s advanced rock climbing course, Traditional Lead Climbing.

KAF Traditional Lead Climbing


During this class you will apply what you learned in our Traditional Climbing Fundamentals (Rock 201) and Outdoor Sport Leading and put them together to lead traditional routes.This is an exciting point in any rock climber’s career, as you are taking the next big step toward becoming an expert climber!

Lead Climbing takes courage and boldness. You must be confident with systems and equipment. You must be accurate, quick with decision making, have the ability to assess risk and your own ability, and most of all possess a sharp mental edge.

So do you have what it takes? If yes, fantastic – let’s continue building your confidence. Our advanced rock climbing instructors will teach you everything you need to know to become a poised traditional lead climber.

The Traditional Lead Climbing curriculum includes:

  • How to pick a climb
  • What gear to bring, and purchase
  • Anchor placement review
  • How to rack your gear
  • Protection placement on lead
  • Considerations for placing gear on Lead (drag, walking of pieces)
  • Lead climbing review
  • Lead belaying review
  • Practice building artificial anchors
  • Different methods to belay from above


Traditional Climbing Fundamentals course or comparable abilities. Participants who have not taken ‘Trad Climbing Fundamentals’ (previously called Rock 201)  must have, and will be asked to demonstrate at the start of the course, experience:

  • Placing both active and passive trad gear in single & multi-directional placements
  • Building 3 & 4 piece traditional anchors with a cordelette
  • Sport Lead climbing & belaying


Kaf Adventures will provide all artificial protection needed, so if you have no traditional gear, or a partial rack, come on out and learn what pieces are needed most.  This course will pay for itself easily by informing you to make wise purchases.  Come test out our gear, and learn what you NEED to buy! You will receive a full packing list upon registration, but feel free to contact Kaf Adventures with any gear specifics questions you have.

Included in trip cost

  • Professional instruction
  • Passes and permits
  • All group climbing gear including ropes, belay devices, and all artificial protection
  • Light snacks

NOT included in trip cost

  • Transportation (carpool options available)
  • Personal equipment including helmet, harness, rock climbing shoes, and other other personal gear you like to use
  • Day pack for carrying gear and belongings to the crag
  • Lunches and water

Rentals are available at a reasonable cost. Kaf Adventures had done it’s very best to create a rental program affordable to your needs. Rental information HERE.


We recognize that transportation can be tricky. Once registered, Kaf will provide information regarding meeting times, locations and any required parking permits. If interested in carpooling, we will orchestrate a meeting place between participants.

 Next Steps 

Taking this course will set you up well for 2 day Multi-pitch climbing, which is a significant and substantial achievement. Once you’ve reached the level of advanced climber, you’ll definitely want to consider joining Kaf on one of our many adventure travel trips. We offer group and customizable, privately guided climbing and mountaineering trips to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania… in addition to international rock climbing vacations to India, AsiaThailand and Mexico. Amazing times to be had; you don’t want to miss out!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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