gym to crag

2-day Lead and Anchor Class

From: $400.00

Every month (see our 2022 calendar for dates and locations below). June course FULL! Next available spots September 24th + 25th in San Diego

  • Lead Climbing
  • Anchors
  • Rappelling/Cleaning anchors
  • Trad/Sport gear
  • Rope Management
  • Top Managed Belay
  • Switch out the walls of your climbing gym and learn how to safely climb outdoors, lead climb and build anchors. Join us for our two day lead climbing and anchor course in Joshua Tree National Park and San Diego at Mission Trails.This 2-day class will teach you all the essential skills that will raise your confidence in outdoor lead climbing and anchor building. Our course is packed with information and many hands on applications that our experienced guides will showcase in multiple scenarios. Prior to class you will be provided a complete course manual that you are encouraged to study prior to our days in the ‘field’.

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.

Dates + Locations:


Either Joshua Tree or San Diego locations such as Mission Trails, Lake Dixon, Mt. Woodson or El Cajon Mt.


  • Climb solid 5.9 top rope (gym and/or outdoor)
  • Know top rope belaying technique (ATC, GriGri or similar 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
    Double fisherman’s knot
    Flemish bend

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

    Cord Hitches (5-7mm)
    Girth hitch

    Belaying skills
    Lead belaying
    “Guide’s mode” belaying (ATC guide, Reverso)

    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)

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