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Intro to Trad

Course Price


Course length

Full day

DC Area (Annapolis Rock/Carderock, MD/Great Falls, VA)


experience level

Top rope climbing and belay experience required

Prepare to get on the sharp end with a comprehensive introduction to trad lead climbing—the ultimate path toward adventure and freedom. You'll level up your climbing with hands-on practice placing and testing passive and active protection and learn to build the complex anchors you'll need when there are no bolts in sight. When you're ready, put your new knowledge into action with multipitch trad climbing classes in Seneca Rocks, WV.

you'll learn

- To place, assess, and test both passive (nuts and hexes) and active (cams) protection
- To build bomber multi-point anchors in unique situations using natural protection and gear
- Hands-on practice placing gear while climbing with instructor feedback
- Principles and concepts of safe, successful trad lead climbing

what's included

- Personal climbing gear if needed (harness, helmet, shoes, belay device)
- All group climbing equipment, including trad gear
- Small-group instruction with the region's most trusted guides


- 10/9
- 10/30


ET Members and returning students—please email us at first for your discount code!

COVID-19: We’ve been working closely with the Parks Service to ensure responsible recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re keeping classes small, limiting shared gear and touch points and increasing sanitation on those that are impossible to avoid, encouraging social distancing, and requiring masks when social distancing is impossible. Please do not come to class if you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and/or if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough/sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell; contact us and we’ll work it out.

RAIN AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Outdoor courses are held rain or shine; instructors make the final judgement on whether the weather makes it impossible to continue. As a general rule, weather moves quickly in our region, our rock type dries quickly, and climbing in light rain is both possible and fun--as long as you bring the right attitude and a rain jacket. We will notify you ahead of time if an extended bad weather forecast makes rescheduling likely, and we will pause courses in progress for thunder and lighting or for excessive heat (over 100 degrees). Rescheduled courses and classes rained out before 1pm will receive a rain check. Otherwise, come prepared to climb and enjoy the outdoors.

Courses are non-refundable within 15 days of class date unless cancelled by SRMG East for weather or not meeting minimum enrollments.

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