advanced climbing

Trad Climbing Development - City of Rocks, ID

Location: City of Rocks Preserve - Almo, ID

Trip Departure: June 2, 2023 || Trip Return: June 5, 2023 || Pre Trip Meeting: May 30, 2023

WSU Student: $200 || WSU Staff/Faculty: $250  || Non WSU: $300

Age: 18


Participants should be proficient in the following basic skills or meet the listed standard:

  • Tying in with a figure-8 follow through
  • Top Rope belaying/ pass a TTC top rope belay test
  • Pass a TTC Lead Belay test
  • Ability to Top Rope climb a route graded 5.9 or harder in a gym setting
  • Sport lead climbing experience is preferred

Participants should be familiar/exposed to, but not necessarily proficient, with the following intermediate skills or standards:

 • TTC lead climbing test
• Anchor building theory and/or techniques 


Skills will be assessed by trip leaders on the night of the pre-trip meeting. Participants who are already lead certified through the TTC may skip the proficiency tests. 

Transport: Transportation provided

This trad climbing skills clinic is designed to take climbers to the next level. This trip is for current, active rock climbers that have a real desire to progress in their knowledge and lead climbing ability. Instructors will take participants through a progression of skills that all lead to mock leading trad routes and possible live leads! The goal is to prepare participants to lead a 5.6 trad route by the end of the trip.
Participants should be passionate rock climbers that have their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 6 months.

For the purpose of this course participants will be focused on single pitch climbing:

  • Single Pitch Is climbed without intermediate belays and presents no difficulties on approach or retreat, such as route finding, scrambling or navigating.

Instruction categories:

  • Active and Passive Protection
  • Anchor Building
  • Anchor Cleaning
  • Rappeling 
  • Movement Skills
  • Mountain Sense
  • Lead Climbing Proficiency - mock trad leads, live trad leads (with approval)



Please register at or before pre-trip meeting

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