What is Lead Climbing?
When two people go up a mountain, someone's got to head up first. The first person to go up is the leader, or lead climber.
When lead climbing, you have a rope and partner, but your rope isn't yet anchored at the top.
Instead, the climber has to climb up to a place where they can hang in a controlled position, grab the rope that is attached to their harness and clip it into a "draw" which you'll see is hanging on the walls in key places along their climb.
Your partner remains on the ground, feeding or taking slack as necessary to both allow the climber to progress but also protect the climber from falling.
Though this is the more advanced form of the sport people can train in here, it is necessary to point out that indoor lead climbing proficiency does not equate to calling oneself proficient for outdoor climbing without additional training.
Inquire at Front Desk for Eligibility and to Reserve a Class
Unlike Top Rope, Lead Climbing and Belaying are advanced climbing activities.
Those wishing to take a class must have been consistently climbing for 4 months, be Top Rope Belay Certified for at least two of those months (as well as show comfort, confidence, and proficiency with top rope belaying) and be able to flash Top Rope climbs of at least grade 5.9 on the Yosemite Decimal System.
Be advised that you cannot simply show up for these times as the instructor is only scheduled to arrive for reserved classes.
You may reserve a two-hour, 10am spot with a partner on Tuesday or Thursday mornings as well as the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.