Trad Climbing Course


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Our Intro to Trad Climbing course will teach you how to build traditional anchor systems, place solid protection, and climb a wide variety of crack sizes.   The granite monoliths and splitter cracks of Wyoming are perfect for developing your traditional climbing (i.e. climbing with removable protection) technique and explore some of the west’s wildest landscapes.  Whether you’re just learning how to hand jam or gearing up for multipitch climbing, this course is a great way for you to hone your skills and become a more confident trad climber.  Love sport climbing but want to learn how to find your own way in the mountains?  Then this is the course for you!


We are permitted to teach our rock climbing courses in several world class rock climbing destinations across Wyoming:

Learn more about these and other rock climbing destinations that we guide in Wyoming.


Our Trad Climbing Courses are available upon request in most locations April – October.


Our Trad Climbing courses include personalized instruction on the following topics and techniques:

  • Gearing up for trad climbing
  • Objective hazards and risk management
  • Foundations of trad climbing safety systems, including protection, anchors, belaying, and self-rescue
  • Crack climbing movement and techniques
  • Leave No Trace and “Beyond Leave No Trace” practices
  • Lessons on each area’s geology, ecology, archaeology, and history

These hands-on lessons are accompanied by top-rope climbing on routes of your choice.

Sample itinerary:

Sample Intro to Rock Climbing course itinerary for Vedauwoo:

  • 8am – Meet at Vedauwoo fee area for gear check and safety orientation
  • Drive to trailhead
  • Review goals and hazards
  • Hike to crag and gear up
  • Crack climbing technique
  • Protection lesson
  • Anchor building lesson
  • Belaying lesson
  • Fundamentals of self rescue
  • Environment and history of Vedauwoo
  • 4pm – Debrief

Full day:

Size of Party 1 2 3 4 5 6
Youth $250 $375 $500 $575 $625 $700
Families n/a $400 $525 $600 $675 $750
Adults $275 $425 $550 $650 $725 $800

Two days:

Size of Party 1 2 3 4 5 6
Youth $400 $600 $775 $900 $1000 $1100
Families n/a $625 $800 $950 $1050 $1150
Adults $475 $675 $850 $1000 $1100 $1200
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Interested in taking an Trad Climbing course?  Feel free to ask us any questions you might have about the course!

Additional information

Party Type

Adult, Family, Youth

Size of Party

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration of the Course

1 Day, 2 Days


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