Learning to lead is a huge step, but in my opinion it's a step that every climber should make...at some point. Being on the sharp end demands total concentration and it also offers by far the biggest rewards and the greatest sense of satisfaction. There is nothing like the feeling you get after sending a hard multipitch trad climb at your limit, without falling. Leading is also extremely dangerous and not something to be rushed into or done recklessly. With 20 years of leading experience without an accident, I feel that I am a good mentor for teaching you how to lead safely. We'll start by having you do some mock leads, where you are backed up by a toprope. As you gain confidence, the toprope can be left slack, so that it still protects you from a groundfall but does not give the sense of total security. I am also open to letting people do the real thing if you've proven that you're ready. In this case I can help you to find the pitches that are appropriate for your skill level. The goal of this course is truly to get you out doing this on your own, without a guide.
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