Learning to identify and place solid traditional protection is crucial to safe climbing on traditional rock routes; it is the foundation for all that follows. This course is designed to instill confidence for participants to begin leading single pitch crack routes. Skills covered in this all-inclusive course include:

  • Risk assessments and crags hazards
  • Lead climbing safety, route selection and assessment
  • Gear placements and removal, protection evaluation
  • Multi-point/multi-directional anchor construction
  • Managing a belay station, rope handling
  • Fall factors and forces created
  • Technique, lead-climbing strategy, lead belays and belaying from above.
  • Equipment selection and use
  • Climbing strategies and communication

PREREQUISITES: Climbers enrolling in our Traditional Rock Courses should have a background in lead climbing sport climbs.  Contact us about options if you feel you need to gain these skills.

Upon completion of our 2-day Traditional Climbing Course participants should have the necessary skills and confidence to lead climb traditional routes on their own.

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

2 Days

Course Dates

  • Contact us for availability


$350/person- 2 day course


  • Max 6 : 1