Once you have become familiar and comfortable with gear placement, anchor building and have a solid foundation of climbing movement, the next big step is leading your own pitches. For the first time, you will find yourself without the safety of a top rope. It is of paramount importance to keep a high margin of safety when learning to lead climb. The best way to do that is with the help of a professional guide. These skills will propel you through your entire climbing career, and learning the correct techniques the first time will ensure you start off on the right track. In addition to expert instruction and equipment all leads will be done with the added safety of a top rope.