A new climber typically starts with a style of climbing called toproping, where the rope runs from the belayer’s device and harness up through the anchor at the top of the climb and back down to the climber’s harness. The climber does not have to clip bolts or place gear as he or she moves up the wall, and with the rope secured overhead, any falls are usually short and safe—as long as you have an attentive belayer. This allows the climber to focus on movement, technique, and getting stronger instead of worrying about falling. For a newer climber, learning how to give a safe and proper toprope belay is crucial to progression, and it will make you a much better and more desirable climbing partner.
Lead climbing is a more advanced technique where the climber manages the rope themselves as they climb, clipping it as they move up the route. You will either clip into Perma draws attached to the walls or attach your own Quick draws to clip into many times on one single ascent. The belayer also needs to work in a more advanced way, ensuring the climber has enough rope to reach and clip safely but also not too much rope in case the climber falls. For the belayer, learning the right amount of rope to pay out, take in, or keep in tension, is an advanced skill so that the climber can work effectively.
We offer expert hands on instruction on the techniques of Lead climbing indoors. We give you practical experience in both taking and catching falls. After completion of our course you can then put all you have learnt into practice on any of our 23 lead lines.
3 hour course with a maximum of 4 people per session
$70.00 for Rocksports members
$120.00 for non Rocksports members