Want to take your top-rope or lead climbing from the controlled gym setting to the uncontrolled outdoor setting?  Do you lack adequate mentors to teach you? Learning to sport climb from a professional guide is a great next step to open the doors to leading outdoor rock climbs. 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.

OVERVIEW: Take your indoor climbing outside

  • Risk management at the cliff/crag
  • Lead belaying techniques, catching falls, belay positioning on uneven terrain.
  • 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: Proficient with belaying, commands, and basic knots.   Consider our other Intro to Outdoor Rock or Anchors Clinic if you feel you need to gain the basics.

TIME: 8:00 – 4:00

RATIO: Max 6:1


  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.


  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control


Montana Alpine Guides, 11 Enterprise Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59718

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.”

“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.”

Course Duration

8 hours (8am-4pm)

Course Dates

  • June 20
  • July 11
  • August 15
  • September 19




  • Max 6:1 ratio