Sport Leading - Rock Climbing Scheduled Course

Sport Leading

There's nothing like being on the "sharp end" (of a climbing rope.) Once you lead, you'll be hooked on climbing. This clinic is designed for climbers who have experience belaying and top roping, and now want to become competent leaders. We will use "mock leading" on a top rope to safely learn the intricacies of clipping bolts on lead.

  • Open the door to routes where anchors aren't otherwise accessible
  • Practice on well-bolted, moderate routes initially
  • Build confidence and progress to the next level
  • Scale quartzite, granite or limestone crags

Skills and techniques taught include:

  • Belaying a leader
  • Effective communication between leader and belayer
  • Clipping bolts quickly and avoiding back-clipping
  • Climbing efficiently on faces and through roofs
  • Taking full advantage of "rests" as you climb
  • Learning to "take" on the rope and "shake out"
  • Practicing leader-falls in a safe environment
  • Tethering in, hanging a top-rope and cleaning bolted anchors
  • Lowering, rappelling and using a friction hitch for backup

Doesn't fit your schedule?

Any of our pre-scheduled courses can be run as custom outings. If you're interested in a course but the dates don't fit your schedule please check out our custom guiding options.

How to Register:

Sport Leading

Photography by Brook Anderson

Course Details

2023 Dates

June 3, 2023 Saturday
Aug 5, 2023 Saturday


Full Day (8am-4pm)


Salt Lake City, Utah


$239 per person plus tax.

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.


Intermediate. Top-rope and belaying experience recommended.

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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