Gain the skill and confidence to take your climbing to the next level with JHMG’s Learn to Lead Experience. This 3 Day Course is designed to introduce and practice the fundamentals of sport and traditional lead climbing in a safe and supportive environment. This weekend clinic is jammed packed with practical skills like proper anchor construction and evaluation, and active and passive gear placement and evaluation. But we don’t just talk about it. We demo these skills and practice it with mock leading scenarios! The course is taught by AMGA Certified Rock Guides. So you know you are learning techniques that have been developed and vetted by the best. The course runs Friday to Sunday and takes place in the Red Rock Conservation Area.
Minimum Age 18
7:00 AM: Meet at JHMG Headquarters
- Risk Management discussion
9:00AM: Head out to the Red Rock
- Equipment– Harness, helmet, carabiner, rope, belay device, and anchor material selection.
- Knots and Hitches– figure 8 family, overhand family, water knot, clove hitch, friction hitch, Munter hitch, and flat overhand.
- Belaying– tubular friction device, assisted braking device, from the bottom of the cliff from belay loop and belaying from the top of the cliff off of the anchor. Belaying the leader, communication, and consideration of ground anchors.
- Protection– rock and natural anchor component evaluation. Removable gear, active and passive placement and evaluation. Bolt and Piton evaluation.
- Anchoring– Anchor type selection, Anchor location and anticipated loading, pre equalized vs self-equalizing. SRENE anchor construction and evaluation. Base managed vs top managed anchoring.
- Instructor lead demo– risk management pertaining to lead climbing, placing and clipping protection, reducing rope drag. Climber safety while constructing anchor. Communication and lowering.
- Mock leading– students partake in lead climbs and fixed anchor construction with security of a top rope.
7:30AM Meet at 2nd turn out.
- Climbing area selection– size of group and goals, hazards and risks, equipment management, Leave no Trace and impact reduction, crag etiquette
- Descent techniques– lowering vs rappel. Rappel extension with friction hitch back up. Fireman’s belay back up. Lowering from above with plaquette and assisted braking device.
- Mock leading sport and traditional routes– students again practice leading with the security of a top rope. Some students may be ready to lead sport routes.
7:00PM Group Dinner – Place TBD
Day 3 –
7:30 AM – Meet at 2nd Turn out
- Review– putting it all together, individual feedback and choosing appropriate goals
- Student leads– Students lead sport and traditional routes.
- End of clinic debrief and discussion– Moving forward from here.
Price: 3-Day Learn to Lead Experience $495 per person.
Prerequisites: Participants must be of an intermediate climbing level and comfortable top roping 5.8, and have experience belaying a top roped climber.
Because of prerequisites, these classes cannot be booked online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates and pricing for your class.
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Our Red Rock office is located at 8221 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 102, inside Desert Rock Sports. Las Vegas Airport is the closest and cheapest airport we recommend to clients. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call our Las Vegas office at 702-254-0885 or email Redrock@jhmg.com.VIEW PDF
- Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes, running shoes or hiking shoes: Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire Pro GTX
- Technical Rock Shoes
- Socks: 2 pair – preferably wool
- Synthetic T-shirt – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Light T (light in color)
- Fleece or lightweight down sweater – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Microchill Fleece
- Lightweight Wind Shell – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Jacket
- Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket
- Synthetic Climbing Pant – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Midweight Active Pant
- 30-40 Liter – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
- Sun Hat – Baseball of full brimmed
- Water – Water bottles or hydration bladder
- (May-Sept) Minimum 3 Liters
- (Nov-April) Minimum 2 Liters
- Food: Energy Bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix. Bring Enough!
- Sunscreen/ Lip balm
- Headlamp (For long routes)
- Warm Weather – (May-Sept) The sun is intense and hydration is vital!. Hydrate the night before your climb/ hike. Consider freezing your water bottles or putting ice in them. Light colored and loose fitting clothes will help keep you cool.
- Cold Weather – (Nov-April) Bring gloves and a warm hat that will fit under your helmet. Bring extra layers like long underwear and a heavier winter jacket to keep warm when the sun ducks behind clouds of dips below the canyon walls.
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please contact our office for gear questions. Rock shoes can be rented at JHMG.
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