While getting professional instruction from a certified guide is the recommended way to learn climbing skills, it's also a good idea to supplement that information with advice from other climbers, climbing books, and sometimes even a website or two! Please remember to use this information at your own risk, and that there is no guarantee the information provided is even correct--mostly it's personal preference and opinion.

A good place to start when beginning your journey into the realm of climbing is this Rock Climbing Skills pamphlet. This pamphlet breaks climbing into a progression of sections (Indoor Climbing, Outdoor Climbing, Trad Climbing, etc) with a list of recommended skills for each.


Each document listed below covers a topic best used as a lesson plan. That is, it covers points that are important to know without necessarily explaining each one in depth. If you don't know what a section is referring to, take it as a sign you should seek more detailed information! Hopefully these documents serve as a stepping stone in your continual learning experience.

Outdoor Etiquette - basic guidelines for keeping peace (and access!) at campgrounds and crags

Reading a Guidebook - explanation of the difficulty rating system, the safety ratings, and rock vocabulary

Top Rope Belaying - detailed explanation of the "Take, Brake, Grab, Slide" belay technique

Cleaning an Anchor - step-by-step process for cleaning and rappelling off a bolted anchor

Lead Belaying & Lead Climbing - so many nuances and considerations to keep in mind!

Rigging Bolted Top Rope Anchors - NERDSS analysis of quickdraws, sliding-X, cordelette, and sliding-X with limiter knots anchor rigging on bolts

If you have other skills or topics you'd like to see in a lesson plan, send us a message and we'll try to get one written up!