Leading Climbing Assessments

 

Lead Climbing    Level I

 

Aim:     To teach and practice the procedures involved in lead climbing.

  • Clipping with either hand
  • How to optimise your stance when clipping.
  • When to clip.
  • How to avoid a Z clip.
  • The dangers of back clipping.

 

Special Equipment

Small diameter 9.4/9.2 mm single lead rope with low impact force.

 

Assessment for Level I

The student will:

  1. Flake out the rope correctly to ensure no not or tangles
  2. Tie into the harness correctly with neat figure of eight and stopper knot
  3. Tie into safety rope
  4. Check all equipment on the safety rope belayer, lead belayer and his own.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to climb smoothly.
  6. Adopt an efficient position when pausing to clip.
  7. Clip efficiently with both left and right hands.
  8. Communicate clearly and effectively with the belayer.
  9. At the top, secure  lead rope through the correct karabiner.
  10. Descend unclipping lead rope.
  11. Recover the rope and coil neatly.

 

 

 

Lead Climbing: Level 2

 

Aim:     To achieve Level I assessment without the use of the safety rope.

 

 

Special Equipment Required: Small diameter 9.4/9.2 MM single lead rope with low impact force.
 

Assessment for Level 2

 

The student will:

  1. Flake out the rope correctly to ensure no not or tangles
  2. Tie into the harness correctly with neat figure of eight and stopper knot
  3. Tie into safety rope
  4. Check all equipment on  lead belayer and his own.



Demonstrate the ability to climb smoothly.

  1. Adopt an efficient position when pausing to clip.
  2. Clip efficiently with both left and right hands.
  3. Communicate clearly and effectively with the belayer.
  4. At the top, secure  lead rope through the correct karabiner.
  5. Descend unclipping lead rope.
  6. Recover the rope and coil neatly.

 

Lead Climbing  level 3

 

Trad Gear familiarisation

 

Aim:     To achieve  confident and safe level of lead belaying.

               A basic understanding of trad gear placement and its uses

 

 

Assessment for level 3

  • Complete pre-climb preparation accurately
  • Belaying leader correctly
  • Hold a minimum of three leader falls
  • Show a clear understanding of rope dynamics and fall factors
  • Demonstrate the placing of the functions of the components of a standard rack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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