Indoor Lead Climber

 Looking for a greater challenge in your climbing visits to the gym? Looking to ratchet up the excitement? Grab the Sharp End of the rope! The Indoor Lead Climber course will teach you the skills required to safely climb on lead. When you can confidently climb 5.9 and are ready to advance your climbing to next level, this class will give you access to the lead-only routes in the gym and provide a gateway to climbing outside. The main focus of the class is on basic lead climbing and belaying skills with some discussion on more advanced practices. Students should be prepared to climb and belay during class; climbing shoes, harness and ATC style belay device are required. Rope will be provided.

***Please Note*** Completion of this course will not qualify you to safely and successfully climb lead routes outdoors. 

Due to the increased risk of lead climbing, this course alone may not be enough instruction for all students. See details on the supplemental course below.
We will teach you:

  • Belaying: how to spot and belay a lead climber
  • Leading: how to climb on the sharp end of the rope safely and efficiently
  • Clipping: how to avoid back clipping and Z-clipping, and how to clip efficiently in a variety of positions
  • Falling and catching a fall: how to safely take a fall and how to provide a soft catch

To register, please call us at (802) 878-4500, email us at, or stop by the front desk at our Essex location.

Class Details                

This class is designed for:5.9 or higher climbers
Max ratio:     6 Climbers : 1 Instructor
Dates offeredEvery third Sunday of the month from 9AM to 12PM or by appointment (partner required)
Prices (per climber): $75 ($63.75 for members)


*Refund Policy – During these unprecedented times, we will be suspending our normal refund policy until we are, once again, open for business.  After opening, we intend to honor all refunds incurred but at a pace that we can afford.