gym to crag





SPORT: Learn how to lead climb and build anchors with fixed gear (bolts)L

TRAD: Learn how to lead climb and build anchors with removable gear (cams, stoppers, tie-offs, etc)

Which course is the right one for you? Whether you start your lead climbing career with SPORT or TRAD does not matter. It is mainly based on your interest and goals in climbing. Due to the less technical nature of “sport climbing” we often recommend starting here and then eventually progress into “trad climbing” later. There is no one way! Many of our students join Chillino Sessions, where they find out what is the next best course for them – SPORT or TRAD

Dates | Style | Locations

 *both days at Mission Trails in San Diego. ** first day at Lake Dixon (Escondido) and second day at Mission Trails. Other locations include Joshua Tree, New Jack City and Big Bear (Holcomb Valley). No courses held in July, August and September 2023. Please inquire about booking this 2 day course as a private outing.


  • Climb solid 5.7 top rope (gym and/or outdoor)
  • Know top rope belaying technique (ATC, GriGri or similar assisted device)
  • Be efficient at tying figure eight follow through knots
  • Be familiar with the course manual (will be sent to you when signing up)

Class Goals:

Here is a breakdown of all skills that are taught in our lead climbing and anchor course:

Figure eight knot on a bite
Overhand knot on a bite
“Big honking knot” (figure eight + overhand)
Fisherman knot/stopper knot
Double fisherman’s knot
Flemish bend

Rope hitches (9mm)
Clove hitch
“Munter” hitch

Cord Hitches (5-7mm)
Girth hitch

Belaying skills

Lead belaying
Top managed belay (ATC guide, Reverso, GriGri,…)

Lead Climbing skills
Placing trad gear + clipping bolts on lead
Clipping rope
Rope management while leading

Anchoring skills
Sport vs. trad anchors (variations: Cordalette, Quad)
Placing trad gear
Tying off master point (various knots)

Rappelling skills
Transition from anchor to rappelling
Friction hitch back up
“Fireman’s belay”


Happy customers

Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
Anna T.
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Kailyn F.
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
Valerie H.
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend :)
Grace M.
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!
Tiffany C.