Course description

After learning the basics and developing confidence as a second climber, learning to lead is the natural next step. The Multi-Pitch Lead Climbing course will prepare you with all the necessary skills to safely lead multi-pitch routes. Skills learned in this course will also allow you to lead sport routes and set up single-pitch top rope

The course is 100% practical - you will learn all concepts on the rock and immediately have the opportunity to practice them

What you will learn

  • Review of essential climbing skills, procedures and knots

  • Fixed protection types and corresponding considerations

  • Preparing to lead: rack organization, stacking the rope, belayer position and communication

  • Leading: rope management and clipping methods

  • Top rope anchor building and cleaning

  • Multi-pitch belay station setup

  • Avoiding factor-2 falls

  • Belaying the seconder

  • Transition at the station: gear and rope management for lead swapping and non-swapping situations

  • Climbing in a party of three: roping and transition techniques

  • Building rappel stations and multi-pitch rappelling

  • Problem solving in challenging situations (example: rope gets stuck in a multi-pitch rappel)

  • Self-rescue and improvisation

  • Sport ethics

Who it is for

This course is ideal for climbers who have outdoor climbing experience as a second climber and are excited to start leading their climbs! 

We will customize the course to suit your ability and skill level. You do not need to be climbing high difficulty grades in order to learn to lead. What is more important is that you have a solid grasp on the basic safety procedures. If you are not confident in your skills, consider first taking our Climbing Basics Refresher course


Students should have completed Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Module 1 and Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Module 2, or have comparable prior experience. This course is not intended for climbers without multi-pitch experience as a second climber

The course is best suited for adults and teenagers over 15 years of age


Six half-day private or semi-private lessons (up to 2 students per instructor)

You choose the day and time of each of your lessons - can be during the week, the weekend or on a holiday!


Multi-Pitch Lead Climbing lessons take place in the neighbourhoods of Urca (home to some of the most beautiful climbing walls and mountains in Rio de Janeiro including Morro da Babilonia, Morro da Urca and the Sugarloaf Mountain) and Cantagalo. Your instructor will select the route for each of your lessons, taking into consideration the lesson content, your skill level and the day's climbing conditions 

Fees & inclusions

Multi-Pitch Lead Climbing - R$990

Should you need to borrow any equipment (shoes, harness, helmet or other safety devices), we will provide it free of charge

Book your course

Register below to get started today or contact us to speak with an instructor. For other options, check out our full offering of outdoor rock climbing courses