Sport climbing is the best way to safely get involved in lead climbing and is the next step to opening the doors to the vast amount of climbing in this area. This course covers safety, climbing techniques, lead belaying and climbing, falling, gear choices and selections, anchor threading/lowering, and back up belays. This is a great way to get comfortable leading prior to venturing into our traditional lead climbing. Topics we will cover:

  • Risk management at the cliff/crag
  • Lead belaying techniques, catching falls, belay positioning.
  • Stick clipping options/pre-clipping, back clipping, “Z” Clipping
  • Equipment choices and use descriptions
  • Falling techniques and mitigating fear
  • Anchor transfer: threading and lowering.
  • Back up belaying

PREREQUISITES: Climbers in MAG’s Sport Climbing course should know how to properly top-rope belay, tie in with a figure 8, and have some introduction to climbing.  Consider our other intro courses if you feel you need to gain the basics first or book a custom trip.

Our sport-climbing course should provide participants with a solid foundation for the duration of their outdoor climbing career.

What our clients say about us

“We had a great time climbing Gallatin Tower in the Gallatin River Valley. Our group ranged in age from 8 to 43. Our guides, Genevieve and Kyle, were able to find routes to accommodate all of us. They really did a fantastic job.”

Mike C.

“Had the best time climbing with Montana Alpine Guides. Sam is a fantastic guide that I would recommend to anyone visiting Montana and the surrounding areas.”

Neal H.

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Dates

  • Custom Dates (half day- full day options)


Full Day

  • 1:1- $375
  • 2:1- $500
  • 3:1- $625
  • 4:1- $750

Half Day

  • 1:1- $295
  • 2:1- $390
  • 3:1- $485
  • 4:1- $580

PRICES: total group costs, includes all gear


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