Instructional Rock Course Menu
- Rock Climbing Home Page
– Rock Climbing Anchors 101 & 201
– Rappelling Setups & Techniques
– Intro to Sport Climbing
– Top Managed Belay Site Setups
– Intro to Traditional (“Trad”) Climbing
– Single Pitch Self Rescue
During this 2-day immersive course you will learn the fundamentals of Sport Climbing as you experience lead climbing up routes clipping into pre-placed bolts, building and cleaning sport anchors and retreating back to the ground.
Day 1 consists of mostly ground school where climbers practice clipping draws to hangers, practice clipping rope to draws, build and evaluate other participants’ anchors and simulate cleaning and retreating from anchors and sport climbs. Climbers will also learn about the intricacies of lead belaying and other aspects of Sport Climbing. Day 1 usually ends with at least 1 mock sport lead, which is when the climber lead climbs a route, but under a top-rope belay scenario. A mock lead provides the climber the security of being on a top rope belay so they can apply the newly learned sport climbing skills without the risk of taking a lead fall.
The Instructor delivers and reviews a lot of information on day 1 and it can be overwhelming and difficult to retain the information and apply the skills and techniques by yourself. Hence, day 2, the reinforcement day!
Day 2 begins with a review that transitions into a Question, Answer & Demonstration session, which in turn progresses into the participants lead belaying and mock sport lead climbing for most of the day. Day 2 is all about building confidence.
We conduct the Intro to Sport Climbing course at Birdsboro Climbing Quarry, a once active quarry that has been transformed into a Sport Climbing mecca and destination for mid-atlantic climbers. Birdsboro Climbing Quarry is one of Pennsylvania’s most accessible Sport Climbing areas with nearly 150 Routes that range in difficulty from 5.0 to 5.14. This area has been in existence since 1993 and is maintained and funded by the Birdsboro Area Climbers Association, a local climbing community.
Course Location: Birdsboro Climbing Quarry
Course Length: 2 Days | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Size: 1:6 guide to client ratio course with a maximum of 6 clients
- 2 climbers – $300/climber
- 1 climber – $475
Instructor: Instructed by a certified American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor
Special Note: The Intro to Sport Climbing course is not a certification course.
Lodging Options: French Creek State Park (Campgrounds, Cottages, Modern Cabins, Yurts)