How to Lead Climb

Learn how to lead climb with Vail’s #1 recommended guide service.


  • Available daily


4 hours
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
4:45 pm - 8:45 pm


  • Per person, per day, per guide. Max ratio 1:5.
  • $142 (5 people)
  • $155 (4 people)
  • $170 (3 people)
  • $194 (2 people)
  • $388 (1 person)
  • Please contact us for parties of 6 or more


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Experience Level

Beginner to Advanced

Learning to lead climb on rock is the next step in taking your climbing ability to a higher level. Apex’s professional guides teach you the fundamentals of lead climbing on classic Colorado rock climbing routes that range from low angle slabs and cracks, to moderate face climbing and beyond.

These learn to lead climb courses is designed for those with previous top rope rock climbing experience. Progress from learning how to place and clip your own gear, to assisted lead climbing scenarios with backup belays.

Topics may include:

  • Leading sport routes
  • Gear selection
  • Gear placement
  • Dynamics of lead climbing systems
  • Maximizing rests for gear placement and clipping
  • Gear and rope management
  • Caring for your gear

If you want to practice more top rope rock climbing check out our beginner course or our climbing course. Apex welcomes all ages and fitness levels.

Choose #1 recommended Apex Mountain School for your intermediate rock climbing course. Satisfaction guaranteed.

A private guide and all technical climbing gear (rock climbing shoes, ropes, helmets, harnesses, etc.) are included.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list tab above.

Ready to sign up? To register, click the Book It tab above. You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to bring:

  • Waterproof shell
  • Tennis shoes or trail shoes (no open-toed shoes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • 32oz. water per. person
  • Food

You may want to consider:

  • Synthetic wear
  • Ice cold fluids
  • Lip balm
  • Camera
  • Bug Spray

Apex Provides

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harnesses (42''/44'' max)
  • Helmets
  • Ropes, Belay Devices, Anchors
  • Professional Guide

Participant Forms:

If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.


Click the button below to view our terms, conditions and cancellation policy.