LEAD CLIMBING

Lead at some of the tallest and steepest walls in the Southern Hemisphere. Cliffhanger’s signature wall, the AME, offers six lines and 19 meters of continual overhang on featured walls. The Sky Wall offers breathtaking roof and headwall leading, with the longest route at 27 meters, while the Enterprises is an extended bouldery pump fest. Alternatively, experience long beginner leads on straighter walls starting at grade 15, and delicate moves on the featured arête.  

All lead climbers at Cliffhanger require check off with a selected assisted braking device. These can be hired where needed. 

Lead Checks

These are for experienced climbers who are already competent lead climbers and lead belayers, who do not need further instruction. Lead checks are a safety requirement for all lead climbers at Cliffhanger. These can often be done on the spot, however we recommend ringing ahead.

Needed: experienced climbing partner, lead harness, rope minimum 50m in length and minimum 9.7mm thick, carabiner, and a Cliffhanger approved assisted braking device* for belay. If you need assistance choosing the right assisted braking device for you, please speak to our staff.

Selected belay devices:

  • Petzl GriGri

  • Mad Rock LifeGuard

  • Edelrid Eddy

Price: No charge for lead checks. Petzl, GriGri and Mad Rock Lifeguard available for hire at $6. 

Lead Course

Learn to lead in a 3-hour course over two sessions. This is designed for top-rope climbers, climbing around grade 18, who want to push to the next level. Designed for 2 - 4 climbers, this is everything you need to become competent at leading indoors, including rope management, belaying, positioning, clipping and taking falls.

Needed: lead harness, rope minimum 50 meter in length and minimum 9.7 millimeter thick, carabiner, and an assisted braking device for belay. If you need assistance choosing the right assisted braking device for you, please speak to our staff.

 

Selected belay devices:

  • Petzl GriGri

  • Mad Rock LifeGuard

  • Edelrid Eddy

Price: $110 per person. Members (month-to-month or prepaid memberships) receive 10% discount.

Doing the course does not guarantee a lead pass. Cliffhanger reserves the right to a third session where necessary to get climbers trained up at the required level of competence, which would costs an additional $36 per climber.

Interested in booking a lead course for your child as part of our Kids Club/Youth Squad? Please visit our page for juniors here.

Courses need to be booked and paid for in advance. Please book using the button below to secure your spot on the next available course. Can't find a suitable date/time or want to ask some questions before booking? Speak to our friendly staff next time you visit or contact us on 03 9369 6400 or at  info@cliffhanger.com.au.