Our Traditional Climbing series showcases "trad" skills such as the use of camming devices for protection, building traditional anchors, and crack climbing.
By now, you should have watched our Sport Climbing series, plus our requisite Basic Anchor Building, Belaying, and Rappelling videos.
The skills contained in our Traditional Climbing series precede our Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing series—and should be considered a prerequisite. Once you have a handle on this series, check out our (separate) Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing videos for more advanced climbing skills.
Similar to ice climbing, strongly consider starting out with traditional climbing by top-roping (versus starting with lead climbing). First, learn to set a solid traditional anchor, then learn to place gear while mock leading (where you are belayed on a top rope but clipping in a separate rope to practice leading).
Let’s get started! Our Traditional Climbing video series is below. Be careful, and have fun!
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Please remember that climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.