Learn to Lead Experience

Location Red Rock

Season Fall-Spring

Difficulty Intermediate

Duration 3 Days


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.

Season Fall-Spring

Elevation 3029'

Minimum Age 18

Trip Planner


Day 1

7:00 AM: Meet at JHMG Headquarters

  • Intro
  • 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.

Day 2 

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.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

October 22-24, 2017

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.


Red Rocks’ climate is typical of the Mojave Desert, in which it is located, marked with hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall. Highs in the 90s are common in the months of May, June, and September and temperatures normally exceed 100°F for several days in the months of July and August, but there is very low humidity, making the temps not feel quite so hot. The hottest temperature ever recorded is 117°F set twice, on July 19, 2005 at McCarran International Airport and July 24, 1942 at present-day Nellis Air Force Base.

Showers occur less frequently in the Spring or Autumn. July through September, the Mexican Monsoon often brings enough moisture from the Gulf of California across Mexico and into the southwest to cause afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Although winter snow is usually visible from December to May on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, it rarely snows in the city itself.Winters are cool and windy, with the majority of annual 4.5 in of rainfall coming from January to March. Winter daytime highs are normally around 60°F and winter nighttime lows are usually around 40°F. The coldest temperature ever recorded is 8°F set on January 25, 1937 at present-day Nellis Air Force Base.

  • Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes, running shoes or hiking shoes: Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire Pro GTX
  • Technical Rock Shoes
  • Socks: 2 pair – preferably wool
Upper Layers
  • 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
Bottom Layers
  • 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!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/ Lip balm
  • Bandana
  • 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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Is Red Rock a State Park or a National Park?

It's neither.  It is a National Conservation Area that is operated and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the western U.S. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is almost 200,000 acres of your public lands.

Do I have to pay a fee to get into Red Rock?

To date, there is only one fee area, the 13 Mile Scenic Drive / Visitor Center. On the days you climb with JHMG, you do not have to pay an entrance fee. Most climbing is accessed via the one-way 13 Mile Scenic Drive.  When you return to Red Rock on your own, a day pass is $7, annual pass is $30 and they honor the America the Beautiful Pass ($80).

Does JHMG provide transportation and will you pick us up and drop us off back down on the Strip?

JHMG does not provide transportation. However, for a party of one or two, it is possible to take a cab out to our office (or other west side rendezvous venue) and guide can drive from office out to Red Rock and back to office. Depending on location of your hotel, cab fare could run $30-$50 each way. If you have more than one day to escape the Strip, we highly recommend a rental car.

How far is Red Rock from the Strip?

The entrance/fee booth to the Red Rock 13 Mile Scenic Drive and Visitor Center is a quick 20-30 minute drive from the Neon Jungle.

Is it always hot and sunny in Red Rock?

Definitely not. Red Rock is in the Spring Mountain Range and most of the climbing is located between 4000’-6000’ above sea level (Vegas = 2000’). Temperatures can vary from well below freezing in winter to well above 100(f) degrees in summer. During winter months, it is not uncommon for Red Rock to be covered in a fresh blanket of snow (2”- 8”). Fortunately, most of the snow melts within a few days.


  • I would highly recommend taking the time to rock climb in Red Rock Canyon with JHMG service. It will be a trip to Vegas you won’t forget. The guides at JHMG are knowledgeable, experienced and will show you the best of what Red Rock has to offer.

  • We love JHMG – we have climbed with them twice already. We could not have done this without our wonderful guides who helped us with the reservations and logistics. On both occasions, we had a unique, both challenging and fun experience. More importantly, it was very safe. So worth it!

    — Iryna Hlushakova
  • I would highly recommend taking the time to rock climb in Red Rock Canyon with JHMG service. It will be a trip to Vegas you won’t forget. The guides at JHMG are knowledgeable, experienced and will show you the best of what Red Rock has to offer.

    — Mike Eneix
  • We have made many trips to climb with JHMG in Red Rocks outside of Las Vegas. Members of my family have different levels of climbing skills. Mark Limage has always considered the members of my group (it differs from year to year) and always schedules an itinerary that is enjoyable for everyone. We enjoy trying new routes and the challenges we encounter allow us to improve our skills and develop confidence. Our guides are always skilled, friendly, accommodating, and willing to teach anything we wanted to know. We have never failed to have a great time. Climbing with JHMG is a fantastic family activity. We look forward to more climbing for years to come.

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