Sport/Lead Climbing Course

Learning to Lead – Sport Climbing Course

Have you had enough of top-roping? Keep looking at those bolts on the wall and wonder what it takes to clip them on lead? Our sport climbing course will prepare you with all of the necessary skills and knowledge you’ll need to lead climb safely outdoors. Compared to top-roping, lead climbing presents many more variables and dangers that a climber and belayer need to be aware of and experienced with to stay safe. It is crucial for a climber to properly learn and understand what is involved with safely leading, belaying, and rappelling a sport climb outdoors. This course is ideal for climbers who have never led before, gym climbers who have been looking to make the transition into the outside world, or beginning leaders/belayers who seek to refine their technique, skills, and safety knowledge!

In this course you will learn and practice:

  • The differences between top-roping and lead climbing
  • The gear involved with sport climbing
  • Objective hazards and subjective risks in sport climbing
  • Minimizing the potential dangers by looking at a variety of scenarios
  • Advanced belay techniques for lead climbing
  • Optimal body positioning
  • Methods for clipping bolts quickly and safely
  • Breaking strength of a different climbing material
  • How to properly attach yourself to an anchor
  • Fall factors
  • Lowering/rappelling from the top of the climb
  • Deciding when/how to bail from a sport climb
  • Mental techniques for lead climbing
  • Falling
  • Forces placed on anchor points and how they factor in
  • Energy conservation while climbing

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Running Time: approx 6-8 Hours (including lunch break)

+ 2 Hour refresher available at a later day

Locations: Silver Harbour, Pass Lake

Cost: Private – $250

2-3 people – $200/person

Add-Ons Available:

Photo Collection of your Experience

Thunder Bay Climbing Guidebook (signed by author)

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Check out our Events Calendar to see upcoming dates, times, and locations for this public outing.

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Although you don’t specifically need any previous climbing training to take this course, you will be at an advantage if you come in to it already with an understanding of the basic knots, top rope belay technique, top rope anchors, and feel comfortable climbing 5.8 indoors or outdoors.
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Policy Details
To Complete Your Reservation: Each climber is required to fill out a Participant Information Sheet online. Full payment is required to complete your reservation. Program reservations are not complete until payment has been received. Once a booking is confirmed, we hold a 50% non-refundable deposit of the total cost of your outing.
Payment Details:  We accept Cash, Email money transfers, and Credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). If you need to pay by cash or e-transfer please fill out a Registration Form and let us know in the Questions/Comments section. Further details will be sent to you by e-mail.
Equipment Rental: The total cost of the trip includes the rental of all technical equipment needed for the outing: helmet, harness, rock shoes, ice axes, ice boots, crampons, and whatever else may be required for a specific course or adventure. Transportation however is not included, so you will need to arrange a way to and from the climbing spot. If you are open to carpooling let us know and we can try to help you arrange this with the other participants.
Waiver FormYou will be required to sign our waiver form before commencing the program. Participants under the age of 18 will need their parent/guardian’s permission to complete registration. Minors who show up for an adventure or course without a properly signed waiver by their parent or legal guardian will not be allowed to participate. If you do not have access to a printer prior to your booking, please let us know and your guide will have paper copies available upon your arrival.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: All program deposits are non-refundable, and the full amount becoming non-refundable 7 days prior to the booking. All requests for cancellations or date changes must be submitted in writing to Please notify us as soon as possible if you wish to make any date changes to your reservation. We reserve the right to cancel any program due to weather or route conditions, guide health, or for any other reason deemed necessary by the guide. In such cases, we are not responsible for expenses incurred by the client in connection with the trip such as airfare, car rental, equipment purchases, etc. If we cancel an outing prior to the trip date, every effort will be made to reschedule for another available date within the current season. By its very nature, climbing is an uncertain endeavor, and many factors can influence the outcome of a trip. Accordingly, once a trip begins, we are unable to offer refunds for weather related cancellations, or for trips that end prematurely due to weather, route conditions or circumstances within, or affecting, your group.
Health/Cancellation & Interruption Insurance: It is important to make sure that your current plan covers you in the case of an illness, accident, cancellation, or interruption prior to or during your trip; get extra coverage if necessary. In the case of a trip cancellation or interruption, we cannot be held responsible for expenses incurred by the client in connection with the trip such as airfare, car rental, equipment purchases, etc.
Drugs and Alcohol: No alcohol or drug use is allowed on our programs. We have a zero tolerance policy and no climbing is ever permitted under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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