Learn to Lead Rock Course

Our 4 day learn to lead and multi-pitch application course, is designed to advance an experienced climber into leading routes within their ability. The course allows participants to learn and practice essential skills and strategies to lead before transferring those skills into multi pitch terrain under the supervision of a guide.

The transition from Peak Mountain Guides to Mountain Trip has happened! Please contact Mountain Trip’s Telluride, CO office at 970-369-1153 to book this course.

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Day 1:
We begin the day with a discussion on understanding the systems as well as risks of lead climbing. Guides will do a lead demo to give participants ideas for racking up, belaying positions, and stances to place protection. After that, participants will review anchors, and protection as needed and begin to practice skills while mock leading.

Day 2:
A discussion will start off the day, talking about frequency and availability for protection, fall consequence and likelihood, and protecting a follower. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice these skills and skills from the day before with mock leading and leading

Day 3:
Day 3 is focused on multi pitch systems. A Mini pitching demo, will introduce multi pitch hazards, 3 piece anchors, rope management, transitions, and descents. Then participants will get to practice these skills and review anything else from the past two days.

Day 4:
The last day is designed to bring everything together. Apply the skills learned on previous days on a longer multi pitch route.

Program Dates

Boulder Colorado:
June 2-5, 2022
June 23-26, 2022
July 14-17, 2022
August 4-7, 2022
August 25-28, 2022
September 15-18, 2022

Unaweep Canyon:
October 13-16, 2022

Skills Covered

  • Belayer Positioning
  • Assess frequency and availability of protection
  • Focus on stable stances to place protection
  • Fall consequence
  • Extending Placements
  • Protecting the follower
  • The mindset of climbing above gear


Group Size

The maximum guest to guide ratio is 3:1 or lower.

Time and Place

This trip runs in a number of different climbing areas. Detailed instructions on where to meet are given during the registration process. In general, the days run from 8am to 4pm.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as a PDF

Contact Us

Mountain Trip

135 W Colorado Ave 2A | Telluride, C0 81435

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.