As the name implies, Leading refers to the act of leading a climb. It is ascending while placing or attaching protection. This climbing technique is usually done in lead climbing and entails a leader (one who leads the climb) and a follower.
Lead climbing is done in sections. The leader puts protection as he ascends. Once he reached the top, the second climber removes the protection as he climbs. When the follower reaches the top, they will then proceed to the second pitch.
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If you have never tried leading, and you are going to lead your first route, then you will obviously be a bit anxious to start climbing without any pre-placed protection. In this section, take a look at some guidelines in leading or lead climbing:
Leading is potentially dangerous particularly to the leader since he will take the climb without any protection placed prior to the climb. It is important that both the leader and the follower know their task/s. Take the necessary preparation and safety measures before heading out.