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Learn To Lead Climb

Learn to lead climb with guided rock climbing in Lake Tahoe with professional mountain guides

Learn To Lead Climb

$329Per Person
Introductory Full Day, 8 Hours Lake Tahoe, CA
Learn to Lead Climb with our certified rock guides in Lake Tahoe. Learning to safely lead is a milestone as a climber, and doing so with the instruction of a professional guide will allow you to learn the correct way the first time. This one-day Lead Climbing course provides the perfect foundation to begin leading pitches anywhere in the world. This course requires a three-person minimum. You’re one day away from being a lead climber!
June 8
Learn to lead climb with guided rock climbing in Lake Tahoe with professional mountain guides

Once you have become familiar and comfortable with gear placement and anchor building, and possess a solid foundation of top rope climbing, the next big step is to start lead climbing.

While leading, you will find yourself without the safety of a top rope, and so it is of paramount importance to keep a high margin of safety when learning to lead climb. The best way to do so is with the help of a professional guide. Learning to lead will propel you through your entire climbing career, and grasping the correct techniques the first time will ensure you start off on the right track. To begin, all leads will be done as a “mock lead” with the added safety of a top rope to create a safe environment to dial the technical skills and movement of lead climbing.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to lead belay
  • How to place gear while on lead
  • How to safely take lead falls
  • How to communicate while lead climbing



As a Tahoe-based guide company with countless expeditions to high-altitude peaks around the world over the last 15 years, we bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our beloved “home mountain”. Our teaching and guiding philosophy has been honed from the flanks of the Himalayan giants to the technical peaks of Peru, and we are beyond excited to be able to bring our program to this fantastic mountain. In addition to our international expedition roots, we are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), being one of the very few guide services in the region to hold such a high standard. Each of our guides is trained by the AMGA in the terrain in which they operate, and the program is supervised by internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guides. This high standard, along with our many years of experience, translates to a fantastic mountain adventure!

Alpenglow Expeditions operates under special use permit with the Tahoe, Eldorado, Inyo, Humboldt-Toiyable and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Climbers must have basic rock climbing experience including belaying, rappelling, and use of top rope systems. This course is designed for people who know how to set up top-rope anchors, a general knowledge of how to place trad gear, and have previous trad climbing experience as a follower.
Climbers must be in good overall physical shape able to be active outside for many hours.
Meet & Greet

Meet and greet, introductions, goals of the day.

8:45 – 12pm
Morning Skills Session

Begin by reviewing gear and anchor techniques in various settings. After review, we move onto the main lesson of lead climbing.

12 – 12:30pm

Quick break for lunch and taking in the views.

12:30 – 3:30pm
Afternoon Skills Session

Continue building on skills that were learned during the morning session.

Our Tahoe Rock Climbing Guides.

Meet who you will be learning to climb from in Lake Tahoe.

Questions about learning to lead climb.

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