Instructional Rock Course Menu
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– 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
Prepare to tie into the sharp end, extend your focus to the destination as well as the journey and expand your knowledge of traditional climbing. This course focuses on the fundamentals of single pitch trad climbing with a heavy emphasis on gear placement and anchor building.
Day 1 consists of mostly ground school where climbers practice, among other skills, placing and evaluating each other’s gear placements, building and evaluating other participants’ anchors, making alpine draws, clipping draws to gear and clipping rope to draws. Climbers will also learn about the intricacies of lead belaying, belaying from the top as a leader and other aspects of Trad Climbing, such as lead climbing strategies, risk awareness, equipment selection and use and racking gear as a leader and follower.
Day 1 usually ends with at least 1 mock trad lead, which is when the climber lead climbs a trad route to gain experience placing gear while climbing, 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 trad climbing gear placement skills without the risk of taking a lead fall on gear. 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, mock trad lead climbing, top site belaying and also following, cleaning and retreating from a trad route for most of the day. Day 2 is all about building confidence.
Course Length: 2 Days
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 Traditional Climbing course is not a certification course.