Lead Lessons

Leading 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 currently climb multiple 5.10+ routes in succession without tiring, learning to lead may be the next step in your climbing journey.

Planet Rock lead classes teach the fundamentals of both 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!

We schedule lead lessons at least 2 weeks in advance! Sign up early to ensure class availability. Dates and times vary by gym. Please check back often for current class schedules.

Participants must be 16 years or older, 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. 

Mondays |   DEC 17   JAN 7   JAN 14   JAN 21   JAN 28   |  3:00-6:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm |  $55
Fridays  |  DEC 21    JAN 4   JAN 11   JAN 18   JAN 25  |  3:00-6:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm |  $55
Saturdays  |  JAN 5   JAN 12   JAN 19   JAN 26  |  10:00am-1:00pm |  $55

Mondays  |  DEC 17   JAN 7   JAN 14   JAN 21   JAN 28  |  3:00-6:00pm  |  $55
Tuesdays  |     DEC 18   JAN 8   JAN 15   JAN 22   JAN 29  |   6:00-9:00pm  |  $55
Wednesdays  |  DEC 19   JAN 2   JAN 9   JAN 16   JAN 23   JAN 30  |  4:30-7:30pm  |  $55
Thursdays  |  DEC 20   JAN 3   JAN 10   JAN 17   JAN 24   JAN 31  |  6:00-9:00pm  |  $55