2-day Trad Climbing Course

A 2-day trad climbing course delivered in Christchurch.

Placing gear on trad climbing course
Trad climbing course

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.



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 at 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.







Accommodation for rock climbing course
Cabins at Living Springs

Your accommodation on Saturday night is included in the course. We stay at Living Springs at the head of Lyttleton Harbour, about 30 mins from Christchurch city.  Please bring a sleeping bag a pillow.  You will have access to a kitchen for self-catering, or you may choose to buy dinner from the local pub.





view of Lyttleton Harbour from Living Springs
View from Living Springs

This is a self-catered course. A full kitchen is available at living Springs for self-catering. Or you can choose to buy a meal at the local pub for dinner and pick up lunch and snacks from the cafe each day. We recommend you have. A full packing list is available to download at the bottom of this page.






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OENZ 4×4

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.




Rock climbing in Christchurch

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 courses run from October to May.  Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Please contact us to arrange custom courses, private training and guided ascents.




PRICE: $649*



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



learning rock climbing in Christchurch, NZ
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
learning trad climbing in new zealand
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









PRICE: $649*





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