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Learn to Lead Climb Outside – Obed

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Date(s) - Sat, Apr. 13
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Obed Wild & Scenic Recreation Area, TN


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Cost:  $27

Registration Deadline:  Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Learn to lead, learn to fall. Climb with stunning views.


You spent the morning mock-leading on top rope, climbing easy routes, learning how clip quick-draws into the bolts, and the rope into the quick-draws. After a few routes, clipping with both hands feels nature.

Now, after lunch, its time to learn how to take lead falls (and give good lead belays) and go onto the sharp end. Your first couple of falls aren’t really falls, but just swinging around the wall, getting comfortable being in the air and rushing back towards the rock.

After 4 swings, your instructor, Anna yells up, “ok! Time for your first lead fall. Just like we discussed earlier, climb till the bolt is at your waist, then let go and assume the falling position. Make sure to focus on looking down.”

Your other climbing friends are also also practicing the same sequence of moves. You watch them for a moment, smile a nervous and excited smile, you climb up, and let go.


Back on the horizontal ground, slightly out of breath but smiling, you high-five Anna, “thanks for the fall tips. We’re going to start leading now” you ask?

Anna nods, “yup! You are ready. Pick your route and I’ll give you a belay.”


Spring climbing is cool but comfortable in the mid to high 60s but with plenty of sun, the temps are perfect; an amazing time to learn how to lead climb.

Staff will teach you how to organize your gear, lead climb, lead belay, stick-clip, clean anchors, take lead falls, and tips for mental calmness on the wall.

By the end of the day, you’ll have enough familiarity to start lead climbing on your own.

I participated in lots of activities in last couple of years, [UT Outdoors] was the best place for providing a fun yet affordable way of exploring TN and other states for me.

This trip is for those who are already belay checked at the Vol Wall and have been climbing at least once a week for a half semester. No prior outside climbing experience is required.



This trip is for you if:
Want to lead climb outside.
Want to meet friends who also climb.
Want instruction so you can go climbing on your own.

This trip is not for you if:
Haven’t climbed before. This is not for beginners.
Are terrified of heights. Some fear is fine, we can help with that.
You want to climb harder then 5.11.

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Have a question?
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How to register for a trip
Sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area; you can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card.

What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction. On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.

Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.

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