Leading can be dangerous and requires skill, strength and smarts. Unlike top rope climbing, lead climbing requires the climber to actively clip the rope into a series of quickdraws as they move up the wall. If you can climb multiple routes that are 5.10+ in succession without tiring, learning to lead may be the next step in your climbing journey.
Planet Rock lead classes teach you everything you need to know about lead climbing and lead belaying. Instructors cover use of climbing equipment, safety commands, correct methods for lead belaying, proper clipping and rope management, as well as how to catch lead falls. At the start of your lesson, an instructor determines if you are ready to lead climb at Planet Rock. We do not offer refunds, so please make sure to read the prerequisites below before scheduling a lesson. Feel free to talk to any staff member about whether or not you are ready for this class before you register.
Once the initial lesson is complete, you still need to pass a lead “check” the next time you come in to the gym. Your lead “check” takes 30 minutes or less. It allows both participants and instructors to ask follow-up questions, check technique and ensure both belayer and climber are ready to go. Upon passing, participants receive “lead certified” status on their digital account profile. You may begin leading at any of the Planet Rock gym locations!
Dates and times vary by gym. Please check back often for current class schedules. Climbers must complete a digital profile before participating in class. Qualifications: age 16+, climbing multiple routes 5.10+ in succession, comfortable using a Sticht plate (ATC) belay device. Day 1 of lesson consists of a 3-hour class. Day 2 requires a 30 min lead “check”, which takes place on your next visit to the gym.