Taught by a certified instructor, you will learn the necessary skills to manage challenges at the top and bottom of, and on, the cliff. At the top of the cliff: you will learn to approach the cliff edge safely; build anchors using bolts, trees and rock features; use static rope, webbing and cord to set EARNEST top-rope anchor systems efficiently. At the bottom of the cliff: you will learn to set up ground anchors, a ground belaying station, belay with both grigri and ATC-type belaying devices, and tie off your belay to free your hands or yourself in case of emergency. On the cliff: you will learn climbing movements using rock features (a 5.1 route outdoor may be as hard as a 5.7 indoor) and ways to manage loose rock hazards. Upon completing the course, you will be able to develop a list of equipment to acquire based on your personal preference and be ready to go out to climb on your own. This course covers many aspects of outddor rock climbing including terrain risk management through tethering and using natural features (trees and rocks) for anchoring, which are not covered in the Sport Lead Climbing and Rappelling course. This course is highly valuable for climbers starting to take their indoor climbing to the outdoors!
Pre-requisites: Gym rock climbing experience. Outdoor climbing experience is a plus. Pre-course Prep: We will send you links to a series of video clips to help you prepare for this course. You will need to learn to tie the following knots and hitches before coming to the course: figure 8 knot, figure 8 on a bite, overhand knot, overhand on a bite, water knot, bowline knot, clove hitch, double fisherman's knot, prusik hitch and overhand slip knot. This way, you won't be wasting time on repeatedly learning how to tie these knots during the course. Instead, you will be able to focus on how to use these knots for anchor setting. (Near the end of the course, while under-prepared participants may feel a bit information overload since a brain can only work so hard for so many hours, adequately prepared participants may still have the mental capacity to learn add-on rappelling techniques.) Duration: 8 hours or more in 1 day (6 or 7 hours or more when only 1 or 2 participants show up and it becomes a private or semi-private session). Post-course Review: You will have access to a series video clips to review key lessons of the course for a limited time period. This helps you consolidate your learning, so you can feel even more confident to return to the cliff to set up top rope anchors independently for the first time!Visit Website