Learn to Lead Course Information
Typical 2 or 3 Day Class
Day One of our Learn to Lead course begins at 8:30 at SRMG. After completing the required paperwork and supplementing your equipment with gear from SRMG, you'll sit down with your instructor for a conversation about your goals for the course and your traditional rock climbing experience. After a plan has been formulated, you'll hike a short distance from SRMG to Seneca Rocks, where you'll spend the rest of the day. When the weather is good, Day One typically is spent following your instructor on multi-pitch routes that are well within your ability level while reviewing lead climbing techniques specific to the leader. The day typically includes a review of equipment, multi-pitch systems, rope management and rappelling, all experienced in a real-world multi-pitch setting. During inclement weather, you and your instructor will be able to focus heavily on technical skills in our indoor Trad Training Center.
Your day will end at approximately 5 p.m. at the SRMG deck, and plans will be made with your instructor for the following day.
Day Two will again start on the SRMG deck at 8:30 a.m. This day typically focuses more intently on mastering the specific skills that were presented as part of the 'big picture' on Day One. The day generally includes a detailed overview of protection, including information about placing each type and time spent practicing under the watchful eye of your instructor. After gaining proficiency practicing gear placement on the ground, the bar will be raised as you place protection on top rope, on easy to moderately difficult routes. Day Two also usually includes discussion, demonstration and practice in anchor building using natural and artificial anchors in a variety of settings, with a variety of materials.
By 5 p.m. you'll return to the SRMG deck and review the lessons of the day with your instructor. If you've signed up for a two-day course, it's time to say good bye and start making plans for your next trip to Seneca. If you've signed up for a three day course, you'll make plans with your instructor for the following day.
Day Three is when the skills and concepts of the previous two days are tied together into a comprehensive training that allows you to see, experience and practice the 'big picture' of multi-pitch climbing. The day often is centered around a multi-pitch mock lead where you and your partner(s) swing leads on a traditional route, all with the protection of a top rope and your instructor working with you throughout the entire process.
The course ends at approximately 5 p.m. at SRMG. Next steps will be discussed with your instructor based on your personal skill level and goals before you leave and start planning your next adventure on the rocks.