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CMC Denver Group Technical Section

"Our mission is to develop, teach, and practice a culture of safety and sound judgment in the CMC climbing community."


Classes are held in late Summer/Early Fall (see schedule). Before the class begins there will be a skills review session at the end of July. Students must attend the review session.

This class will introduce you to traditional lead climbing. The class will not teach you how to climb, but it will teach

Ideally, applicants will have completed the CMC Rock Seconding School or Basic Mountaineering School, although climbers with comparable experience may apply as well. Before beginning the course, students will review the basic skills necessary to safely participate. The skills are outlined on the Preparation page. In short, applicants should:

As for climbing ability, applicants should be comfortable climbing 5.7 outdoors or 5.9 in the gym. The following routes are exemplary in terms of difficulty:

Trad climbing involves crack climbing. Gym climbing and many sport routes do not involve crack climbing. It's a good idea to seek out some good crack climbs at the local toprope crags to get in some practice. Although we can't guarantee you'll find a climbing partner on the cmc-tech discussion board, you can fish for one there.

Craig Luebben's book Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide will be the textbook for gear placement. An additional supplementary textbook would be Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills by Craig Luebben, or Guide to Climbing by Tony Lourens. Reading either (or both) of these books prior to the course would be a great way to review the basics and introduce more advanced concepts.

Important Disclaimer: Climbing is inherently dangerous and should be performed only with the proper instruction and supervision of an experienced climber.
The author and publisher of this web page assume no responsibility for any injuries incurred by the reader.