Leavenworth Rock Guides - Sport Climbing Technique 

Sport Climbing Course
Sport Climbing Course

Trip: Sport Climbing Technique

Course: Leavenworth Rock Guides

2022 Dates: March - October
  • TBD - Call

Scheduled Cost: $295 per participant

Cost: Custom Programs
  • $315 each w/ 2 climbers
  • $280 each w/ 3 climbers
  • $240 each w/ 4 climbers
  • $205 each w/ 5 climbers
  • $190 each w/ 6 climbers

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Cost Includes
Guide fee, use of climbing harness, climbing helmet, all group climbing equipment including a climbing rack.
Cost Does Not Include
Transportation to/from Leavenworth, personal food, water, and clothing, rock climbing shoes.

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Sport Climbing continues to be the segment of rock climbing that is growing the fastest. This is likely due to the numbers of climbers that learn to climb in gyms combined with an ever increasing number of bolted climbs that are being established worldwide. In the past 20 years the majority of development in the Leavenworth area has been in the area of sport climbing and we now have a nice variety of sport routes including multi-pitch routes.

During our sport climbing clinic we will demonstrate how to break into the sport or outdoor sport climbing. By default this is a bit of a face climbing course as sport climbs generally tend to emphasize face climbing technique. The course covers topics such as optimal body position, secure clipping technique, tricks for safely clipping high first bolts, threading anchors and deciding when to lower off, when to rappel, and how to safely re-thread top anchors.

Topics Covered in Sport Climbing Techniques 

  • Selection of appropriate gear for sport climbing
  • Sport climbing hazards
  • Tying in for sport climbs
  • Using rope bags
  • Belaying sport routes
  • Lowering from the top of the climb
  • Techniques for working routes
  • Redpointing vs. onsighting
  • Bailing from a sport climb
  • Mental techniques for sport climbing
  • Falling
  • Energy conservation techniques

Courses before Sport Climbing Technique 

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic
Introduction to Outdoor Climbing

Courses after Sport Climbing Technique 

Improvised Rock Rescue
Multi-pitch Climbing
Traditional Lead Climbing
Crack Climbing Technique

Programs after Sport Climbing Technique 

Snow Creek Wall Climbs
Red Rocks Climbing Program
Red Rocks Women's Climbing Seminar


If run at a 1:1 ratio this program takes about 5 hours, and if run at a 2:1 or greater ratio the course takes 8 hours. Courses are scheduled on demand.


You do not need any specific previous climbing training, but you will get much more out of the course if you arrive already understanding basic belaying technique and have previous climbing experience.


To register for this course you should complete our domestic climbing application and return it to the Northwest Mountain School office. You can complete our online registration here. Once you have completed your application you can make your deposit or full payment here. It is best to call our office at 509-548-5823 to make sure that space is available on your selected program. Space is allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This program takes place on US Forest Service lands under a commercial-outfitter and guide permit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs & activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.