This is the second course to in our Gym to Crag Series. This course focuses on introduction to traditional climbing and multi-pitch climbing in an outdoor setting. Find Gym to Crag Level 1 here

OVERVIEW: This course is for those who have experienced leading sport climbs and want to tap into traditional climbing and multi-pitch climbing. Participants will be exposed to the skills and techniques needed to safely and efficiently begin to climb on the multitude of inspiring multi-pitch routes found locally and throughout the world.

DAY 1:

  • Risk assessments and crags hazards
  • Gear placements and removal, protection evaluation (cams, nuts, other)
  • Multi-point/multi-directional anchor construction
  • Fall factors and forces created
  • Technique and lead-climbing strategy
  • Mock leading scenarios
  • Equipment selection and use
  • Constructive teaching and review of all gear placement by professional guides.

DAY 2:

  • Safety and risk recognition involved with multi-pitch climbing
  • Climbing communication (including when you can’t see or hear your partner)
  • Belaying from above (reverso and Grigri)
  • Multi-pitch anchor management and transitions
  • Safely lowering a climber with an engaged auto-lock device from above
  • Equipment selection for intended routes
  • Route finding, retreat/escape plans and options
  • Ropes: one vs. two, one rope with one tag line.
  • Multi-pitch rappels

PREREQUISITES: Climbers enrolled in our Gym to Crag Series: Level 2 should have a background in lead climbing sport routes, basic belaying skills, and knots. Complete the skill set from our Gym to Crag Series: Level 1

TIME: 2-days 8:00-4:00

RATIO: Max 4:1


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


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


Please see our Rock Climbing Equipment List for the required equipment for this trip. Technical equipment (rock climbing shoes, helmet, and harness) may be rented from MAG for the day for $10/person. This must be coordinated in advance (especially shoe sizes!)


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

Course Duration

  • 2 Days: 8 hours/day (8am-4pm)

Course Dates

  • June 18-19
  • July 16-17
  • August 20-21
  • September 17-18
  • Custom date options, private rates apply



No extra costs


  • Max 4:1 ratio