Red River Gorge Trad Lead Course

Gain Independence and Take the Lead!
Half DayFull Day

Highly recommend! We were gym-rat climbers breaking into the outdoor scene so didn’t want to just “wing” it. They came highly recommended by our local climbing community… Erik, our guide, was friendly, articulate, knowledgeable, professional, and a great teacher, fielding our questions and teaching us correct protocols for outdoor climbing. Also a guide takes you right to the rocks, and after a climb or two assesses your climbing skills! No hunting around for your climbing destination! It was perfect! Thank you again, 

Shillina R. -Ohio

Gym To Crag

A perfect course for those looking to transition to outdoor climbing. We recommend this course for individuals who have some experience climbing indoors and want to expand their climbing by learning the proper techniques to climb safely outdoors. This is also a good class for those looking to learn Sport Lead Climbing.

In this course you’ll learn about specific hazards inherent to outdoor climbing, and how to manage risk at the crag. You’ll also learn about the techniques and decision making skills necessary to climb outdoors on your own.


Students are expected to come into the course with a basic knowledge of roped climbing systems, including the figure 8 knot family, belaying for a top rope climber, and an understanding of the basic gear used in rock climbing.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Belaying the Leader
  • Proper Rope Clipping Technique
  • Cleaning a Route
  • Equipment Selection
  • Movement Skills
  • Rope Management
  • Top Rope and Sport Anchors
  • Navigating the Guidebook
  • Dispelling common Myths and Rumors