Gym to Crag – Lead Climbing and Anchor Class in SD (every month)


Switch out the walls of your climbing gym and learn how to safely climb outdoors, lead climb and build anchors. Join us for our two day lead climbing and anchor course in San Diego at Mission Trails Regional Park! This class will teach you all the essential skills that will raise your confidence in outdoor lead climbing and anchor building. Our course is packed with information and many hands on applications that our experienced guides will showcase in multiple scenarios. Prior to class you will be provided a complete course manual.

Next Course Dates for 2021, Saturdays and Sundays:

July 17th + 18th | August 21st + 22nd | September 18th + 19th | October 16th + 17th | November 20th + 21st | December 11th + 12th

Time: 7am – 3pm each day (8hrs)

Where: We meet up at the visitor center of Mission Trails Regional Park.


Please check our minimum requirements for participating in this course


  • Climb solid 5.9 top rope (gym and/or outdoor)
  • Know top rope belaying technique (ATC, GriGri or similar device)
  • Be efficient at tying figure eight follow through knots
  • Be familiar with the course manual (will be sent to you when signing up)
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Here is a breakdown of all skills that are taught in our lead climbing and anchor course:


Figure eight knot on a bite

Overhand knot on a bite

“Big honking knot” (figure eight + overhand)

Fisherman knot

Double fisherman’s knot

Flemish bend

Rope hitches (9mm)

Clove hitch

“Munter” hitch

Cord Hitches (5-7mm)

Girth hitch




Belaying skills

Lead belaying

“Guide’s mode” belaying (ATC guide, Reverso)

Lead Climbing skills

Placing trad gear + clipping bolts on lead

Clipping rope

Rope management while leading

Anchoring skills

Sport vs. trad anchors (variations: Cordalette, Quad)

Placing trad gear


Tying off master point (various knots)

Rapelling skills

Transition from anchor to rappelling

Friction hitch back up

“Fireman’s belay”

Additional information

2021 Dates

May 15th +16th 2021, July 17th + 18th, August 21st + 22nd, September 18th + 19th, October 16th + 17th, November 20th – 21st, December 11th + 12th