This is an advanced climbing class. Even if you don’t plan on leading, you will learn much about the dynamics of climbing, and it will make you a safer climber. Protecting a climb is a different skill from climbing itself. We will talk about the dynamics of lead falls, how to prepare for a climb, the differences between single-pitch and multi-pitch, and the differences between clipping bolts and placing natural pro. There will be no “true” lead climbs during the class, but we will provide simulated leading exercises.
Tue Lecture, slide show: introduction, the lead fall, equipment
Wed Lecture, slide show: equipment (continued); the process and techniques of leading
Thu Lecture, slide show: multi-pitch techniques, the descent, leader rescue, aid climbing
Sat Hands-on practice: natural pro placement (Prescott)
Sun Hands-on practice: leading on bolts (Prescott or Scottsdale)
Feb 12 Tuesday 6:30 pm–9:30 pm *Chateau de Vie 5 Clubhouse, Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 13 Wednesday 6:30 pm–9:30 pm Chateau de Vie 5 Clubhouse, Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 14 Thursday 6:30 pm–9:30 pm Chateau de Vie 5 Clubhouse, Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 16 Saturday 9:00 am–5:00 pm Prescott (directions will be in syllabus)
Feb 17 Sunday 9:00 am–5:00 pm Prescott (directions will be in syllabus)
The weekend classes will be in the Prescott area. Starting time at Sullivan's canyon will be approximately 9am. We will meet and leave from North Phoenix at approximately 7am, meeting location will be emailed to those that are attending, and the meetup site will be updated prior to the weekend.