Training Essentials: Intro to sport leading skills

This course is a one-day workshop looking at leading sports climbs outside.

During the day you will look at safety equipment and safe techniques for threading anchors, stripping routes and dealing with routes that you can’t get up! If appropriate you will get on the sharp end during the day. The day will be spent at a crag developing these skills and then testing your rope systems.

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This will be a day spent outside learning by doing, please make sure you have the equipment needed to spend 6 hours outside potentially in wet weather!

Syllabus:

  • How to re-thread and lower off a sport route
  • Different types of lower-off commonly found
  • Checking bolts and lower-offs for wear
  • Assertive belaying and ‘not belaying right underneath the climber’
  • Developing good belaying habits and ropework.
  • If appropriate (weather, location and participant allowing) intro to lead climbing including clipping and re-threading
  • Device matched to rope diameter and difference in weight between the climber and belayer, especially important on new ropes.
  • Stripping a sport route
  • Dealing with steep routes/ traverses
  • Using a clip-stick to pre-clip the first bolt of a climb.
  • Leaving a rope clipped to the first quickdraw to safeguard subsequent attempts.
  • Review of day and ‘what next advice’

Level of experience and fitness:

Candidates should have experience at leading indoor climbs. Preferable to have experience in seconding sport routes outside.



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