Prerequisite – Some experience climbing/ belaying outdoors. Grades are not important.

Instructors – Stevo Stevens and TBC. Ratio of 1 instructor to 4 students.

Objectives –

The purpose of this course is to learn to lead safetly and to understand the correct techniques in a controlled environment with qualified and experienced instructors.

  1. Safety Protocols

– Understand and demonstrate proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
including harness, helmet, and climbing shoes.
– Learn and apply safety measures such as partner checks, communication signals/
calls, and belay techniques.

2. Equipment Familiarity:
 Identify and understand the purpose & safe use of climbing gear, including quick-
draws, karabiners, slings, and dynamic ropes – including a buyer’s guide pro’s/con’s.
 Demonstrate safe/proper usage of quick-draws, karabiners, slings for leading on
3. Climbing Techniques:
 Develop/ demonstrate basic climbing techniques such as footwork, body
positioning, and efficient use of holds for lead climbing.
 Practice clipping techniques for quick-draws while leading on bolts.
4. Route Reading:
 Learn how to effectively read climbing routes, including identifying key features such
as holds, cruxes, and resting points.
 Understand the importance of route planning and sequencing for efficient climbing.
5. Belaying Skills:
 Demonstrate proficiency in lead belaying techniques, including feeding out rope,
giving a soft catch, and managing slack.
 Understand the differences between lead belaying and top-rope belaying.
6. Fall Dynamics:
 Learn about the physics and dynamics of lead falls, including factors like fall factor
and how to minimize impact on both the climber and the protection.

7. Anchor Building:
 Understand the basics of building and evaluating top-rope anchors at the climbing
 Learn about the differences between sport climbing anchors and traditional climbing
8. Emergency Procedures:

 Develop an awareness of potential climbing emergencies and know how to respond,
including communication, self-rescue techniques, and getting help.

9. Ethics and Etiquette:
 Understand and adhere to the ethical considerations and climbing etiquette specific
to the climbing area, including communication with other climbers and respecting
access regulations.
 Emphasize and practice environmentally conscious climbing, including proper
disposal of waste and minimizing impact on the natural surroundings.

10. Risk Management:
 Develop an understanding of risk assessment and management in climbing,
including evaluating weather conditions, route difficulty, and personal skill level.

11. Progression Planning:
 Create a personalized plan for skill development and progression in lead climbing,
setting realistic goals for improvement.
 Introduction to local crags.

These objectives provide a comprehensive foundation for a single-pitch lead climbing course,
considering both technical skills and emergency response capabilities. The course content and
emphasis can be adjusted based on the participants’ experience levels and the specific
characteristics of the climbing environment.

Dates: This course with run over Saturday and Sunday from approximately 8am – 4.30pm on the 24th and 25th February.

Location: The course will meet at the base of the Port hills in Christchurch and ride share to the climbing crag. If neccessary due to bad weather, the YMCA will be used to teach the course, the cost will be included in the price. More details will be shared prior to the start of the course.

What to bring: 

Climbing gear:

  • Minimum of: climbing helmet, shoes, harness, belay device with locking carabiner, chalk bag.
  • 6 x quick draws with snap gate carabiners, dynamic climbing rope,
  • Anchor gear: 1 x 120cm sling, 2m cordalette, 2 x 60cm sling, 4 x spare screw gate carabiners.
  • Backpack to carry it in, rope bag if you have one.

* Dont worry if you dont have all of this and dont spend all your money buying new gear, you must have the personal equipment but the rest can be shared throughout the group or your instructor will have spare, your instructor will be in touch with a more detailed kit list. Your equipment should be in resonable condition, if you are unsure of the gear you have, ask your instructor prior to the course.

Also bring:

  • Plenty of water, snacks, lunch for a day in the hills.
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, long shirt/pants for sun protection.
  • Warm top/down/synthetic jacket. Wind/waterproof shell jacket.
  • Sturdy footware for approach to crag.
  • Any personal medication
  • Phone/camera

Cost: $350 per person (CMC members only)


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Your Details

You must be a CMC member to take part in this course.
CMC does not own any gear, if you do nt own all of the gear you may have to borrow from others, and share throughout the group. This can be discussed with the instruction officer before the course start.

Emergency Contact Details

Please share details of next of kin.
Declaration of Risk & Acknowledgement(Required)
I understand rock climbing involves inherent risks. I understand the instructors will take the utmost caution to manage all risks and ensure student safety but there still remains a residual element of risk in a outdoor rock climbing environment that may be beyond their control. I understand I am responsible for my own safety and will take great care to prepare appropriate for the course, conduct myself in a safe way on the rock, and listen to and comply with instructions at all times.
Refund Policy(Required)
There is a $50 non refundable deposit attached to this form. I understand that after signing up through this form, if I have to pull out of the course for any reason (including injury), I will receive the following refund depending on the time of cancellation before the course: More than 4 weeks = 100% refund (minus $50 deposit). 2-4 weeks = 80% refund. 5 days - 2 weeks = 50% refund. Less than 5 days = 0% refund. This is to protect the CMC from financial losses due to courses running below full capacity as the costs for guides are fixed regardless of participant numbers.