Lead climbing is used when a top rope can not be established and the rock face is too high for bouldering. With this method of climbing, two or more climbers ascend the rock face. The first climber places protection on the rock and then belays the parter from above as the partner removes the protection.
I have been climbing on the guest pass of a friend at Salt Pump for a while. We have a routine, we climb a few top rope routes, get pumped out and call it a day. I’m lead certified at evo Rock + Fitness but had never bothered to get lead certified elsewhere. Until today, when we decided it was time to take my lead test. Read more
You may not have noticed but I haven’t been on a lead route in more than a year. I’ve also never captured a clean climb on a lead route, ever! The sadness ends today with this 5.8 route at evo Rock + Fitness in Portland, aptly named ‘Rub the Belly.’ Read more