I’ve been learning to lead trad (traditional leading is when a climber places their own protection in the rock as they climb). My first pitch of trad was last year in the Black Hills, my second was this past spring in Red Rock Canyon. It took me some time, but I was able to lead a few pitches on that spring trip, a couple of pitches in the Black Hills last month, and a few in Minnesota as well.
My goal this season: 35 pitches of trad leads in the 2014 climbing season.
As of today, June 11, I’m at 10. 25 more to go. The list as it currently stands:
Red Rock Canyon, NV:
Taylors Falls, MN:
Black Hills, SD:
- Conn Route (1st pitch)
- Dunce Cap
Looking forward to getting more leads under my belt this summer!