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Learn to Lead Class with Richard of the Outdoor Adventure Club

Are you ready to take the next big step in climbing and start leading?

It's an entirely different program when you are on the "sharp end" of the rope. The thrill goes up, the sense of accomplishment increases and you develop the freedom to climb anywhere, without being limited to top-rope only routes. Lead climbing also involves greater risk as you are exposed to greater fall potentials. There are more things to consider than simply where the next foothold is.

To lead climb safely, you need to know how and where to place protection, how to rack your gear efficiently, how to build anchors, how to clip the rope into protection, how to minimize rope drag, zippering, fall factors, lead belaying, protecting the second, cleaning the pitch, rappelling, the list goes on and on.

In this all day class, we'll teach a number of concepts crucial to lead climbing and we'll give you opportunities to apply them as you "mock lead" routes while tied in to the safety of a top rope. You and your gear placements will be under the watchful eye of one of the professional guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. We'll critique your placements, and steer your through the start of a new phase in your climbing career.

The climbs we select should be easy for you to climb. This will not be a test of how hard you climb. We want to make sure you are climbing safely, understanding and using sound techniques. Once you learn the techniques, you'll be able to go out and apply them with more confidence.

This will be a very "hands on" class. We'll be presenting many concepts on the ground, but you'll be utilizing those skills on actual climbs. You'll be climbing and belaying, as well as learning on the ground.

This will be a full day class, going from 9:00-5:00 or so. We can go later if needed.

The class is going to be taught by Richard Bothwell, owner of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Richard is passionate about teaching climbing skills, is a patient instructor, trained by the AMGA, and has been teaching climbing courses for over 16 years.


Climbers should be able to climb[masked] outdoors comfortably, and have taken a gear/anchor class or have experience setting up anchors. Contact [masked] if you aren't sure if this class is right for you.

Cost: $90/person (the Outdoor Adventure Club normally offers this class for $179)

Registration instructions:

  1. To register for the class you need to RSVP here, then pay for the class on the Outdoor Adventure Club website here: Outdoor Adventure Club Meetup Classes

    You are not confirmed in the class until you make payment arrangements on the Outdoor Adventure Club site.
  2. The minimum number of attendees is 2 people for this class to take place
  3. The maximum number of attendees is 6 for one instructor and 12 for 2 instructors.(the class is likely to have 4-6 people) Thus when waiting list becomes long, the class may open for more attendee, depending on availability of instructors.

What to bring:

  1. Climbing harness, shoes, belay device.
  2. Helmet- We are happy to provide helmets if needed. Just let us know.
  3. Feel free to bring your own rope and gear if you wish, but don't feel obligated. We'll have everything you need for the class. If you do bring your own gear, please make sure it is well marked
  4. Lunch/snacks & water
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Appropriate clothing for the weather
  7. A desire to learn and be an active participant.

Note: Climbing is serious & dangerous so if you choose to attend climb at your own risk. GYCO or is not liable or responsible for any injuries you may incur.

Questions? Suggestions?

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Richard through the meetup or via email at [masked]

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  • Susanne

    Were we supposed to receive some handouts with the details?

    October 12, 2012

  • Kevin J.

    Hi Richard. Please bring a helmet for me. Thanks.

    October 12, 2012

    • Joshua S.

      if helmets are required, please bring one for me too.

      October 12, 2012

  • Joshua S.

    Hey Guys, Does anyone want to carpool? I can drive from SF & have space for up to 4 others.
    -josh [masked]

    October 12, 2012

  • Michael D.

    Hi all, if your going to take this awesome class and for those that I know here who I have climbed with who want to step up their climb game defintely take this class. But if your serious about this class it would behoove everyone if you follow link above and pay for class soon to hold your spot. If you are not serious or cannot commit at this time PLEASE change your RSVP soon so others waiting can join in. IM excited for you guys to learn a new skill to add to your already great climbing repetoire :)

    October 9, 2012

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