A 1-day introductory course for learning how to trad (a.k.a. traditional) climb taught by Matthew. Students will learn numerous skills that are necessary in multiple climbing disciplines such as alpine climbing, adventure climbing, and single pitch trad routes.
All necessary gear (draws, slings, trad gear, anchors, rope, etc) are provided.
Trad climbing will take place on on nice and easy 5.4 to 5.6 climbs.
The day will start with explanation and discussion of gear, technical aspects, and more. Then we will practice placing all types of gear and learn to evaluate placements. Then we will learn how to build SERENE, 3-point, natural anchors. Next, you will get to mock-lead a trad climb at 5.5 and test each placement by hanging all your weight on it. Once familiar with the route and the placements you will have the ability to do the entire climb on lead.
Cost per student: $99
Includes professional instruction, lunch, and gear.
Ability to climb 5.6 comfortably. Outdoor climbing experience is not required.
Transportation (carpools could possibly be arranged)
Plenty of water - 1 liter+
Intro to Trad Climbing Course Curriculum
I. Trad Protection
Active trad gear
Passive trad gear
Understanding sizes, manufacturers differences
Evaluating placements using a four-point rating system
Evaluating rock quality
Issues with falling on gear
II. Placing Trad Protection
Cams vs. nuts
Learning to see best placements
Direction of pull
Horizontal cracks and other features
Backing up placements
III. Using Slings and Extender Draws
Placing directionals for first placements to offset rope pull/drag
Equalizing a sling on two "less-than-bomber" placements
IV. Cleaning Trad Gear
Removing trad gear
Recovering stuck cams
How to use a nut tool
Rappelling with an auto-block
V. Belaying for Trad
Discussion of issues relating to belaying trad
Preventing the "zipper effect"
Proper amount of slack
VI. Building Natural Anchors
Self-equalizing and Pre-equalized anchors, and when to use them
Components of a natural anchor
VI. Basic Crack Climbing Skills