Climbing trips are a lot of fun, but they are also a little more dangerous than most other CANOE trips. Hence, we have a few rules regarding who is able to lead climbing trips.

There are a lot of different types of climbing (hereafter referred to as disciplines), such as bouldering, top roping, and sport climbing. Each discipline requires a different skill set, and it is necessary that climbing trip leaders demonstrate their knowledge within the specific discipline they plan on leading.

Additionally, all climbing leaders must be CANOE trip leaders prior to leading a climbing trip. 

We are looking for three qualities in climbing leaders:

  1.  Demonstrated safety knowledge in the discipline of the trip
  2.  Demonstrated experience in the discipline of the trip
  3.  Demonstrated risk management skills in the discipline of the trip

Any climbing trip leader must be approved by the Lead Climber (the CANOE board member responsible for climbing programming), and approval is on a trip by trip basis. The skill sets necessary for separate disciplines and locations can be very different, and in order to ensure the safety and continuation of CANOE’s climbing program it is necessary for the Lead Climber to be knowledgeable of the comfort level of the leaders on all climbing trips individually. 

Ways to demonstrate the requirements for leading a climbing trip:

  1. Certification by a reputable instructor or organization
  2. Climbing with the Lead Climber outdoors on CANOE or personal trips (reach out to if you are interested!)
  3. Co-leading multiple climbing trips with the Lead Climber
  4. Being referred to the Lead Climber by an established climbing trip leader, in combination with verbal demonstration of knowledge

A climbing leader must repeatedly demonstrate the three requirements, preferably in multiple of the above settings. 

We recognize that it can be difficult to gain the experience necessary to lead a climbing trip. However, we encourage you to reach out to us or other acquaintances who are experienced in outdoor climbing. Ask them to take you climbing and teach you the necessary skills or come on a CANOE climbing trip and ask the leaders to walk you through it!  We hope to have an outdoor climbing leadership class through the PE department which will teach many of these skills in the near future.

Finally, we recognize that outdoor climbing takes specialized skills and resources, and therefore can be a difficult sport to access. However, we also believe that safety should be the primary concern of the CANOE climbing program, and therefore it is necessary to uphold certain safety policies. 

If you have any questions or concerns (or if you’d like to lead a climbing trip!), please reach out to the Lead Climber at

Renting Gear: For liability and safety reasons, CANOE does not rent out climbing gear except on a case by case basis. Please contact Silas Monahan with questions or inquiries.

Rentable (Bouldering Related Gear):

  1. Bouldering Pads
  2. Shoes
  3. Helmets

Not Rentable (All Roped Climbing Gear):

  1. Ropes
  2. Quickdraws
  3. Slings
  4. Carabiners
  5. ATCs
  6. Webbing
  7. Anchors

Contact the Lead Climber for more information at