Learn to Lead Sport

In this full day course we will take all of the fundamentals of climbing and apply them to the next level, leading outdoors. Learn LNT practices, the tools necessary to select appropriate equipment for a day of sport cragging. Practice approaches to risk mitigation. Aquire skills in various clipping strategies, rope methodology and techniques including arranging the anchor and threading and lowering from the anchor. Learn all the tools you need to go from the ground, to the anchors and back with industry standard and cutting edge form. We will even cover methods to cope with a changing mindset when climbing above bolts. Our Learn To Lead Sport course is done at a ratio of 4 students to 1 Instructor to maximize contact time ensuring your individualized learning goals are achieved! This course is built for climbers with experience or those who have taken our Intro to Rock Climbing Course.


Have questions? Ask one of our guides!


(303) 396-3555 | Info@saiguides.com


See below for more details


Minimum Eligibility Criteria: Previous gym or outdoor climbing experience, ability to climb 5.8 on top rope, understanding of belay techniques common to single pitch climbing, familiarity with lowering and being lowered 


Length: 8 hours


Maximum Ratio: 4 participants, 1 guide


Minimum Age: Under 18 will need written consent from parent/guardian

Skills Covered

  • Leave No Trace Principles and Outdoor Crag Etiquette
  • Equipment Selection
  • Fixed Hardware discussion
  • Clipping Techniques 
  • Lead Belaying
  • Instructor Lead Demonstration 
  • Equipping a Sport Climb
  • Stick Clipping
  • Mock Leading Practicum
  • Falling
  • Projecting
  • Threading, Cleaning and Lowering From Bolt Anchors

Price Includes

Does Include:

  • AMGA Trained/Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group Climbing Equipment
    • Ropes
    • Technical Hardware – carabiners, protection, belay device, etc
    • Technical Softgoods – slings, cordelette, anchor rope, etc
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
    • Climbing Shoes
    • Helmet
    • Harness

Does Not Include:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Trip/cancellation Insurance
  • Non-technical Personal Items – clothing, pack, sunglasses, etc
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Park Entrance Fees (if applicable)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Unforeseen costs incurred outside of the control of SAI

Equipment List

Summit Ascents International supplies all technical climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices.  We encourage you to bring your own personal climbing equipment (harness, helmet, shoes, belay device) if you have them.


-Sticky rubber approach shoes, light hiking shoes or sneakers (closed toe mandatory)

-Technical rock climbing shoes (can be provided by SAI)

-Synthetic socks



-Fleece or lightweight down sweater

-Lightweight wind shell

-Water proof rain jacket

-Short-sleeved shirt

-(Optional) Sun hoody



-Cotton or synthetic climbing pants



-25-35L Backpack



-Baseball cap

-Water – 1 liter of water at least!
-Snacks – (approx. 800-1000 calories) sandwiches, fruit, energy bars, jerky, etc






Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.


Q:What am I responsible to bring?

A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment. 


Q:How fit should I be for my course?

A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end.  While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.


Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?

A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.


Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?

A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages.  For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course. 


Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?

A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family. 


Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?

A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us. 


Q: Do you offer lodging options?

A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!


Please review our cancellation policy here.


Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.