2-day Trad Climbing February 1, 2025

A 2-day trad climbing course delivered in Christchurch.

Placing gear on trad climbing course
Trad climbing course

Trad climbing course overview


On this 2-day traditional climbing course, you will learn the art of using natural and placed protection. When trad climbing, the rope is clipped into gear placed in cracks or on features in the rock, this protects the climber from falling. Natural and placed protection includes the use of trees, boulders, threads, horns, cam’s/SLCD’s nuts and hexes etc. (also known as trad gear). Trad climbing can be both mentally and physically challenging. Trad climbing is the purest form of rock climbing.

This course is popular for people with some climbing experience that would like to have a go at trad climbing or people how are interested in mountaineering. To attend this course, you do not need to be climbing at a high grade or have a lot of climbing experience. Our training locations have a range of climbing routes, including some that are very easy. This course focuses on trad gear placements and anchor building, it’s not about climbing hard.

This course is suitable for recreational climbers and those working towards NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) Rock1 or Rock2 instructor awards.



Youth Price $399** (14-15 years, accompanied by an adult)

Ask about our Family Friendly courses for ages less than 14 years.




Before attending this course, you must be competent at belaying with an ATC/belay plate or GriGri and have some outside climbing experience. If you’re unsure if you meet the prerequisites for this course, please give us a call or email before completing your booking.


Trad climbing course location

Trad climbing course
Christchurch climbing


Our 2-day trad climbing courses are delivered in Christchurch. on this course you will visit two of Christchurch’s best trad climbing locations, Rapaki climbing area & Gibraltar Rock. We meet opposite Princess Margaret Hospital on Cashmere Road, Cashmere – See on google maps.




Gear & equipment

Trad climbing gear
Trad gear


All the climbing gear and specialist equipment are available for you to borrow at no extra cost for the duration of the course. If you have your own or can borrow the gear that you will most likely end up climbing on, we recommend that you bring it along. A full gear list and course outline are available to download at the bottom of this page.







Christchurch City


Accommodation is not included in this course. We recommend staying in Central Christchurch or South Christchurch.






This is a self-catered course. A list of what you need to bring is at the bottom of this page.






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Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if you’re travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses. Please book a central city or south Christchurch accommodation.

Meeting locations


If you are bringing your car, please meet us at the following location:


Trad climbing course in Christchurch




We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 5 pm.




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How many people will be on my course?


We believe this type of training is better when the group size is small. Our Trad climbing courses run at a maximum group size of 4 clients to 1 instructor.





Trad climbing course content




Trad climbing course
Trad climbing at Gibraltar Rock, Christchurch
  • NZ rock climbing grading system
  • Interpreting NZ climbing guide books
  • Knots for trad climbing




  • Climbing calls
  • Buddy checks
  • checking gear & equipment for damage
  • Accessing the top




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y-shape/top rope anchor
  • Trad belaying
    • Stance
    • positioning


Using natural protection


  • Trees
  • Boulders
  • Threads
  • Horns


Placed protection


  • Nuts
  • Cams /SLCD’S
  • Hexes
  • Place the first piece/directional piece
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Placing a cam/SLCD at Gilbulter Rock


Anchor systems


  • Natural and placed protection anchors
  • Linking systems
    • Slings
    • Cordlette
  • Y-shape anchors
  • W-shape anchors
  • Single point anchors




See what our clients have to say about this course

“The course content & place was fantastic. Appreciate the individualized considerations and recommendations as the course progressed”- David Lee

“Great instruction, very through, so much knowledge yet relaxed” – Lucy 

“A great course, really fun + I feel confident and safe to go out and lead some trad” – Toby Scott


Gear List
Course Outline







Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: [email protected]

*Minimum people needed to run a course

Course booking form

Participant Details

Participant details

Please enter details for each participant you're booking for (even if they're the same as entered above).

Bookings are $749 per participant

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Youth Participant details

Youth must be at least 14 (accompanied by an adult) years old to attend this course

Bookings are $399 per youth participant



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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

You can choose to complete your booking using Credit/Debit Card (via Paypal - PayPal account is not required), or by using your Paypal account. If you would like to make payment by Internet Banking or request an invoice please contact us in advance.