Lead Climbing Courses

The objective of this intermediate level rock climbing course is to give the course participant the necessary skills and judgment to comfortably lead sport routes at their desired level of difficulty.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Basic Rock Climbing experience in the gym or outside is required 

Good physical fitness;

You should be able to hike or climb for 3 to 4 hours with a 15 to 20 lb. pack.

  • Category: Rock
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 4:1,8:2

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Learn how to lead climb! The rock climbing areas of North Bend and Vantage are perfect venues to learn everything you need to know for sport climbing on a variety of beginner and intermediate routes, as well as advanced routes for those who are ready. The ultimate objective is to give the course participant the necessary skills and judgment to comfortably lead sport routes at their desired level of difficulty.
Course Curriculum
1. Review of Basic Skills
• Review and refinement of the skills acquired in the Intro to Rock Course
• Belay devices used in different situations (dynamic, high friction, static)
• More knots and hitches
• Escaping a belay
• Transition from top roping to rappelling at the top anchor
2. Multi-Pitch Skills
• Top anchor belays
• Multi-pitch sports climbing
• Station management at the top anchor
• Multi-pitch rappelling in a sport-climbing scenario
• Efficient leading techniques
• Multi-pitch climbing with a team of three
3. Advanced Leading Skills
• Further development of climbing techniques
• Falling on lead
4. Natural Gear
• Introduction to natural gear placement
• Building anchors with natural gear

Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service. Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.

The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.

o T Shirt - midweight or lightweight
o Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece, Jacket - only one of these is necessary
o Comfortable Pants to Climb In - soft shell or nylon pants
o Shorts - if weather permits; longer shorts are better
o Warm Hat
o Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o Pack - 25 to 30 liter
o Hiking Shoes - approach or running shoes work well
o Rock Shoes - comfortable for all day climbing
o Chalk Bag
o Chalk
o Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters
o Sack Lunch
o Snacks for the day
o Sun Glasses
o Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
o Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved only
o Climbing Harness
o Locking Biners (2) - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker
o Belay Device
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate
o Belay Jacket - down or synthetic
o Rain Jacket – weather dependant
o Daisy Chain - nylon or spectra
o Camera  - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!
o Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works well
o Technical Group Gear (ropes, slings, quick draws)
o Group 1st Aid Kit

Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.