This two-day course is an excellent entry-point into the world of trad and leading. Under the eye of a qualified instructor, you’ll learn the fundamentals to lead safely and efficiently on rock using removable protection. Instructors will focus on technical systems, and provide detailed feedback for ways to improve before progressing to new material.
Please see the pre-trip document at the bottom of the booking page for important pre-trip details.
Courses typically take place at the Comox Lake crags near Cumberland, unless stated otherwise.
- Rope & station management
- Selecting & carrying a rack
- Safe protection placements & strategies
- Anchor building with protection
- Safe and efficient lead belaying and climbing
Curriculum covers basics of both sport of trad lead climbing. If you already have some leading experience, you might consider our Single-Day Learn to Lead Trad course.
Prior to registering, participants should:
- Be well-versed in top-roping
- Generally know what grade they can climb at (without falling)
- Have completed an Intro to Rock course (or have equivalent experience)
Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.
All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.
Included in the price:
- 2 days of instruction with an ACMG guide
- Group technical gear
- Personal technical hear (harness, helmet, carabiners, belay devices, climbing shoes)
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to and from meeting point
- Personal equipment
$670.00 / person(at 2:1 ratio)
Thanks for teaching us the ropes last weekend. You are helping to bring my mountaineering dreams into reach. You rock!Matthew Lettington, Nanaimo, BC
This was a great course, highly recommended!Patrick Horsfield, Nanaimo, BC.
I started lead climbing after a three-day course taught by Jan Neuspiel. We covered gear placement, anchors, rope management and multi pitch climbing techniques. This professional instruction proved priceless to me on so many levels. I noticed my base technical skills were at a higher level compared to more "seasoned" climbers. There is just so much ground level knowledge I gained that would have been impossible to replicate without professional instruction. As I progressed in my climbing, I teamed up with Jan as a climbing partner four years later on a 3000ft big wall on Baffin Island. I highly recommend this training to anyone serious about climbing safely and effectively.Guy Ridler, Courtenay, BC
The introduction to lead climbing course was a learning experience of a lifetime. The teaching was superb and brought the best out of me at a pace that was suitable to my needs and compatible with my goals. Perhaps most importantly, it challenged me to think logically about working with the gear, rock and my climbing partners in the safest way possible. Upon finishing the course, I feel comfortable working independently at my level and taking appropriate risks to further my goals in the mountains. It was one of the most satisfying classes I have taken.Michelle Hawkins, Courtenay, BC
Christophe and the course were amazing! We got to climb multiple routes (wet but fun) on the safety of top rope but also while placing our own gear. The feedback from Christophe on every piece of pro we placed while we belayed him up was really good. Then coming back down every route we got to remove and re-examine our placed gear. Of course, as with any guide, we got to hear some real life experiences and stories on which systems have worked well for that guide, gotta love the personal touch! I would and have recommended this course to people in my similar circles, familiar with climbing and some of it's practices, but needing to place more pro and be able to evaluate and be confident on the placing of that pro. A definite must-do course for those looking to head out into the mountains and get into slightly more technical climbs.Ryan Smith, Nanaimo, BC
The course was very good. Christophe has an excellent teaching style. His knowledge is obvious but he delivers it in a calm, relaxed and non-pretentious manner. A true teacher. I felt safe the entire time. And, I left with much more knowledge than I arrived with. Also, I have a greater awareness of my limitations. This is a good thing! "What the mind doesn't know, the eye doesn't see!" I now see a lot more! Thanks for sending us such a great instructor.Tom Roozendaal, Nanaimo, BC
I had a great experience with IAG. Jan takes the time to explain things and makes sure that you understand what he is saying through hands on practice. He is also very patient and very knowledgeable. I wouldn’t hesitate in taking another IAG course or recommending them. Hope to see you on the rocks!! Thanks again for everything.Tim Turray, Courtenay, BC.
The course was great, another very useful tool to add to my alpine toolbox. The individual critique of each piece of protection by Jan was invaluable for learning. I left the course knowing what I needed to practice and feeling confident to lead.Peter Blencowe, Victoria, BC
The course was fantastic. Money well spent and I would recommend this course to others. Graeme was a great guide as well. I felt challenged and pushed my comfort zone while maintaining a confident level of safety with him leading the way.Blain Turner, Victoria, BC
I started lead climbing after a three day course taught by Jan Neuspiel. We covered gear placement, anchors, rope management and multi pitch climbing techniques. This professional instruction proved priceless to me on so many levels. I noticed my base technical skills were at a higher level compared to more "seasoned" climbers. There is just so much ground level knowledge I gained that would have been impossible to replicate without professional instruction. As I progressed in my climbing, I teamed up with Jan as a climbing partner four years later on a 3000ft big wall on Baffin Island. I highly recommend this training to anyone serious about climbing safely and effectively.Guy Ridler, Courtenay, BC
We learned a ton and our guide was more than awesome. I will definitely be taking more courses with IAG in the future.Natasha H, Comox Lake
It was a great course! Learned a ton and Andrew was a phenomenal guide.Jamie S,