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Intro to Lead Climbing

  • The Source Climbing Center 1118 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 USA (map)

Are you regularly climbing in the gym and interested in taking your climbing to the next level? Tired of being confined to the top rope routes? Then this might be the clinic for you! In this three hour clinic we’ll discuss lead equipment, clipping techniques, lead climbing techniques, lead belaying, and catching leader falls. Come prepared, this will be full session!

Prerequisites: Ability to climb indoors at a 5.10- level; minimum 3 months top-rope belay experience.

Required Equipment: Harness, belay device, belay carabiner, rock shoes. Option: Your own climbing rope.

Instructor: John Barkhausen

Max. Participants: 6

Tuition: $75

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About the Instructor

John is a guide and outdoor educator based here in Portland. He's a true mutli-discipline guide, having lead trips sea kayaking, rafting, hiking, backpacking, skiing, rock, climbing, mountaineering, and even snow shoeing. Currently, he focuses on teaching skills to aspiring outdoors people, including backcountry skiing and avalanche safety, mountaineering and crevasse rescue, and rock climbing skills. He is also the Portland Program Director for Kaf Adventures, where he runs their Mt Hood Climbing program. When he's not outdoors, he is either building something or hanging out with his wife and new baby.

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Avalanche Level 1 and 2


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