Trad Climbing 2 Day Course

This 2-Day Course is designed to take you to the next step in your trad and anchor climbing. With professional guidance the skills taught and practiced on this course will take you to the great faces and walls of the world.

4 to 1 ratio
Minimum of 3 climbers to run the course

*We do not offer refunds on courses except under extreme circumstances

**Weather dependent. In the case of inclement weather, this course might be rescheduled to another day. If the forecast doesn't permit rescheduling, refunds will be issued. 

Cost: $425/ participant

Dates: TBD

Venue: Turkey Rocks


Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Pre-climb planning, climbers resources, and how to read route descriptions
  • Gear selection
  • Rock quality evaluation
  • Gear placement as it pertains to movement on route
  • Risk management
  • Trad anchors
  • Rope handling
  • Lead belaying and top managed belays
  • Lead climbing psychology and communication
  • Advanced rappelling and descent options

Client expectations:

Comfortable following 5.7

Equipment Provided:

  • Rock shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device (PPAS recommends the Petzl Reverso or Black Diamond ATC Guide)
  • Traditional gear with full range through 3.5 inch cams and full single set of nuts
  • Quick draws (10-12)
  • 2-3 double length shoulder slings
  • 1 20-foot section 6-7mm cordellette
  • 5 locking carabineers
  • 1 nut cleaning tool.

Trad and Anchor Course Gear List

The gear on this list is required. If you have any questions about this list or the gear on it, please contact our office 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.

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  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing shoes. Comfortable all day rock shoes
  • Belay device, BD Guide ATC or Petzl Reverso (also bring a GriGri if you have one, optional)
  • Trad gear. Full range through 3.5” cams, full set of nuts and nut tool
  • 10-12 extendable (alpine) draws. For trad routes we prefer a majority of alpine draws (60cm sling with 2 carabiners)
  • 4 locking carbiners, at least 2 should be pear shaped HMS carabiners
  • (1) 20’ cordelette, 6mm or 7mm
  • Nylon sling, (1) 120cm
  • Auto-block, 3’ of 5mm cord


  • Approach Shoes with sticky rubber


  • Pants, better than shorts for trad course. We will be at higher elevations and the temps are typically cooler
  • 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
  • Buff (this neck gaiter is optional). I recommend buffs for their versatility year-round


  • 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 1500 calories for the day. Sandwich, ch, candy bars, and trail mix work well, bring what tastes good to you
  • Spare door and ignition key if you're carpooling