In our Learning To Lead class, you will learn proper lead belay technique as well as best practices for clipping, rope management, and falling. 

Upon successful completion of this class, you will be prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to earn your Lead Belay tag and gain access to open lead climbing at First Ascent.

Classes meet for two three-hour sessions on either weekdays or weekends. 


Must earn Top Rope Belay Tag prior to the start of the class. Must be at least 16 years old or a USA Climbing Member Competitor. Recommended that climbers have at least 6 months of climbing experience and are confident 5.10 climbers (ie consistently able to climb mid-5.10 on top rope with no falls or rests).


  • Non-members: $125 (includes rental gear)
  • Members: $95

Ready to lead? Let's do this.

Click below to view the schedule of all Classes For Experienced Climbers at First Ascent Peoria.

Please book 24 hours in advance to guarantee your spot. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled class time to check in. Late arrival may result in the need to reschedule your class. Cancellations within 24 hours are not eligible for refund, only rescheduling.

Questions? Give us a call at 309-966-0831 or email us at

We look forward to climbing with you!