Experienced Climbers

This course is an extension of Rope Skills 3.  It is specifically designed for individuals looking to take the skills they have learned in the gym out to the crag.  In addition to learning advanced lead climbing skills, outdoor climbing technique tips, and how to retrieve your equipment, climbers will also learn what social and environmental factors to consider when climbing outside. Specifically, individuals will learn how to read a route outside, technique for climbing outside, and how to evaluate anchors and sport bolts.

Participants interested in this course must know how to lead climb and lead belay in order to enroll.

This course may be taught outdoors or indoors at Climb So iLL. Climb So iLL members receive a 15% discount.

Who should take this course?

Climbers who learned to climb in a gym.

  • 2 : 1 – $175 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – $150 per Person
  • 4 : 1 – $125 per Person
  • Cedar Bluff
Gear Supplied
  • Climbing Hardware
  • Climbing Ropes
  • Helmet
  • Instruction from AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor
Required Gear
  • Harness
  • Belay Device w/Locking Carabiner
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Chalk Bag

This gear is required for the course. If needed, items can be rented from Vertical Voyages.

This 2-day course introduces climbers to the art of climbing natural (unbolted) routes. Trad is the purest form of climbing. The emphasis is on problem solving and critical thinking skills – both of which are necessary to engage traditionally protected routes. Participants must have sport leading experience and be comfortable on the rock to benefit from this course.

  • Comfortable Hiking with a Light Pack
  • Comfortable Climbing 5.8 – 5.9 on Top-Rope
  • Lead Belay Trained
Course Outline
  • Types of Gear (Passive and Active)
  • Proper Placement on Rock Quality Evaluation
  • Run of the Rope
  • Building Anchors
  • Racking Gear
  • The Art of Falling
  • Mock Lead Practice
Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Demo Climb
  • Preparing and Racking
  • Gear Placements
  • Lunch
  • Practice Session
  • Gear Anchors and Belaying
Day 2
  • Belaying from Above
  • Risk Assessment
  • Rope Management
  • Getting Down
  • Practice Session
  • Conclusion
Required Gear
  • Personal Climbing Gear (Shoes, Harness, Belay Device, etc.)
  • Trad Rack

If you do not own a trad rack, we have gear for you to use and experiment with during the course.

Supplied Gear
  • Trad Rack (Cams, Stoppers, Hexes, etc.)
  • Alpine Draws
  • Anchoring Materials
  • PDF Outline of the Course Content with Links to Additional Online Resources

Participants are responsible for transportation, food, and lodging during the course

  • Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas
  • Sam’s Throne, Arkansas
  • 1 : 1 – $595 per Person
  • 2 : 1 – $395 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – 4 : 1 – $295 per Person

We teach all of our skills in the form of a private lesson. As such, we can tailor each climbing experience to you or your group’s specific needs. In addition to Gym to Crag and Intro to Trad, we offer lessons on the following skills. Simply select the appropriate skill on our registration form to indicate your interest.

Climbing Anchors

Top-Rope Anchors

Cleaning Anchors: Lowering and Rappelling



Multi-Pitch Climbing

Multi-Pitch Efficiency

Multi-Pitch Climbing



*Please designate which “Other” skills you would like to learn on our registration form.