Trad climbing leader course  

  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: Intermediate

Duration: 4 full days

                  (usually 2 weekends)

Minimum numbers: 2 persons

Maximum numbers: 6 persons

R5115.00 per person


Learn to climb with certified instructors on real rock over four full days of training and fun. A comprehensive course to get you climbing safely leading multi-pitch trad routes on your own with your friends.

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 seconding on traditional routes to taking up the sharp end and leading their own climbs.


Topics covered include: Equipment, leading fundamentals, anchoring principals, self-rescue, communication, route finding and climbing techniques.


Venture Forth provides all the equipment you need and will also include 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 trad climbing "seconding" experience or attendance of the intro to trad climbing course is required. You must be able to lead sport routes of at least grade 16 comfortably.