Introduction to trad climbing  

What is trad climbing?


Traditional climbing refers to the climbing of routes using removable protection (such as “cams”, “nuts” etc.) to protect the climbers.


This course is designed to teach students all that is required to be a competent “second”, to allow you to climb following a more experienced leader.


The course is run at accessible traditional climbing venues and ends with an ascent of a classic multi-pitch route.

Who should do this course?


Any climber wishing to progress from sport climbing to the adventurous world of traditional climbing.


Topics covered include: multi-pitch climbing, double rope technique, gear placement and removal, self-rescue, rope ascending, communication and mountain safety.


We”ll supply all the equipment you need and give you plenty of toys to try out during the course so that you can make informed choices when you do decide to buy your own kit.

Participant requirements:


The course is open to any reasonably healthy and physically capable person over the age of 16. Courses for younger participants can be arranged on request.


Previous sport climbing experience or attendance of the intro to sport climbing course is recommended.

  Course overview  


Instructor and equipment

Public liability insurance

Cape Town City area transport if required



Additional transport

Meals or accommodation

Personal, medical or rescue insurance

Skill level: Beginner

Duration: 2 full days

                (usually Saturday & Sunday)

Minimum numbers: 2 persons

Maximum numbers: 8 persons

R2915.00 per person


Learn to climb with certified instructors on real rock over two full days of training and fun. A comprehensive course to get you climbing safely outdoors with a competent trad leader.

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