Learn to Lead Outdoors - 2 Day Course with CityROCK

Knowledge is the key to having a good day of climbing outdoor. If you’re new to the crags or you’ve been climbing with friends or meet-ups and want to learn how to set-up and clean the systems yourself this is the right class for you. This course teaches how to properly build a solid and timely anchors as well as clean and rappel from a route. You will learn new systems and techniques for safer and more efficient climbing.

This course will be taught in collaboration with Pikes Peak Alpine School (PPAS). You will spend one day indoors at CityROCK with a CityROCK instructor, and one day outside with PPAS learning how to lead outside. 

3 to 1 ratio 

Must have a minimum of 3 climbers for class to go

**Due to the limited number of spaces for this course, we will not issue a refund for cancellation except under extreme circumstances.

***If the weather does not cooperate, PPAS will reschedule your outdoor course to another day. If they cannot find a weather window suitable, refunds will be issued.  

Cost: $265/ CityROCK Member
$300/ Non-member

Date: TBD

Venue: Shelf Road


  • Must be CityROCK certified for lead belay and lead climb
  • Must take the CityROCK indoor portion before taking the outdoor portion
  • Must be CityROCK member for special course pricing
  • Must be minimum of 3 people to run the course.
  • Must have prior climbing skills and be able to demonstrate good rope handling and belaying skills



Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Risk management
  • Proper universal climbing communication
  • Gear selection
  • Anchors, cleaning safely and efficiently
  • Rappelling and lowering
  • Back-up rappel systems
  • Lead belaying and belayer positioning
  • Rope handling and basic knots


  • Rock shoes
  • Climbing harness
  • Belay/rappel device (ATC for rappelling, Grigri if you have one for belaying)
  • 16 ft 6 mm or 7 mm cordalette
  • 4 locking carabiners and 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Personal Anchor System (PAS)
  • Autoblock, AKA 3rd hand. This can be Sterling Hollowblock or 2' 5 mm cord. This is a rappel back-up
  • Climbing helmet
  • 10-12 quickdraws (optional...bring if you have them, but not required)
  • *Harnesses, shoes, belay device, and helmet available to rent. Please prearrange this with PPAS or CityROCK.

Outdoor Day: 

Proper techniques and procedures are the key to having a good day of climbing. If you’re new to outdoor climbing or you’ve been climbing with friends or meet-ups and want to learn how to properly set-up the systems yourself. This training is where its at. This outdoor course teaches you to properly lead bolted routes. You will learn new systems and techniques for safer and more efficient climbing.  

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Risk management
  • Proper climbing communication
  • Gear selection
  • Clipping bolts correctly
  • Anchors, building and cleaning safely and efficiently
  • Proper Top Rope set-up and management options
  • Back-up rappel systems
  • Lead belaying and top managed belays
  • Lead belay positioning
  • Lead climbing psychology
  • Dynamics of falling
  • Rappelling and lowering
  • Rope handling

Sport Climbing Gear List

The gear on this list is required. If you have any questions about this list or the gear on it, please contact PPAS or your guide for advice. Mountain Chalet here in Colorado Springs is a great resource for knowledge and product selection. PPAS also rents most gear (not clothing) on this list.

Call 719-368-9524 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLIMBING GEAR (*We highly encourage the use of your own gear. Using your own gear will help you familiarize with your equipment while learning):

  • Climbing helmet.
  • Climbing harness.
  • Climbing shoes. Comfortable all day rock shoes.
  • Belay device, ATC or similar and bring a Gri Gri if you have one.
  • 6-10 Quick draws (optional)
  • 5 locking and 6 non-locking carabiners.
  • 20’ cordelettes, 6mm
  • Nylon slings (2) 60cm, (2) 120cm.
  • PAS Personal Anchor System. Not a daisy chain. (PAS is optional)


  • Approach Shoes, sneakers, footwear appropriate for hiking to a crag


  • Pants, or shorts. Check the weather. Some people prefer light pants to shorts while rock climbing.
  • Insulation layer (top), an extra layer for cool mornings or adverse weather.
  • Rain jacket.


  • Ball Cap or Visor, sun protection for your face.
  • Sunglasses with wraparound sun and wind protection.


  • Belay glove w/ or w/o fingers (optional but nice)


  • 25-35L Backpack, make sure your gear fits in pack prior to course day.
  • (2-3) 1L water bottles leak-proof bottle like Nalgene works best. Bladders ok but less appealing.
  • Sunscreen, 30SPF minimum
  • Lipscreen
  • Camera
  • Snacks, about 1800 calories for the day. Sandwich, candy bars, and trail mix work well, bring what tastes good to you.
  • Spare door and ignition key, for groups carpooling