Hi all. I've been climbing for a short while now. I've followed approximately 50 pitches in the gunks and led up to 5.11 sport in Rumney.

I'm looking to start leading this season, and I'm curious as to what a leader should know. I know some basic knots, and I've been reading and re-reading John Long's book on building anchors.

Beyond what I can find in the book, what should I be familiar with? I'm referring to things like knowing how to ascend a rope, knowing how to belay when an ATC gets dropped, or really anything that I'm likely ignorant of.

I can learn and practice much of the anchor building from experienced leader friends, but I'd like to know what else this community thinks is worth knowing to be a safe and responsible leader.