What is Lead Climbing?

Lead Climbing is an advanced style of climbing where a climber will ascend the wall with a rope and clip the rope into protection points as they advance up the wall. The climber is often called the leader since this method is used to ascend large rock faces with a single rope. Lead climbing is sometimes called sport climbing in an indoor setting since the points of protection (called quickdraws) are already affixed to the wall. Click here to see an picture breakdown of lead climbing.

Do you offer Lead Climbing Classes?

Yes! Classes are made by appointment and can be requested here. Classes last approximatly 3 hours and will require a personal harness. Price (Member) - $65 Price (Non-Member) - $75 Lead Climbing is more strenuous than top rope climbing so we reccomend that a climber competently climb 5.8 top-rope climbs before taking a class.

Can I test out to Lead climb & belay?

Yes! Expirienced lead climbers are able to test out of lead climbing classes. Certifications are for both climbing and belaying. Meaning each participant must be able to demonstrate the abilty to lead climb and belay safetly. There is no cost to test out.

Can I bring my own rope and belay device?

Yes! Lead climbers are able to bring their own rope as long as it is between 9.5mm and 10.4mm in thickness and more than 50m in length. Lead climbers are also able to use your own personal belay device.

Can I rent a rope and belay device?

Yes! Rope and belay devices (Petzl GriGri) are free to rent for members. Non-members are able to rent a rope and belay device for $7.

Lead Climbing

1044 University Ave.

Rochester, NY 14607

Mon-Thurs: 12pm - 10pm

Fri: 12pm - 9pm

Sat & Sun: 12pm-6pm


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