A 1-day introductory outdoor rock climbing class for those new or newer to the outdoor climbing environment. Sign up and take advantage of this opportunity to learn to how to climb outdoors per the latest AMGA national standards. You'll be introduced to the beautiful Smith Rock State Park which is located near Redmond, OR. For a full curriculum of what you'll be learning see below.
I've been teaching rock climbing professionally since 2010 for companies like ProGuiding service, and Mt. Hood CC. Trained by the AMGA and a Wilderness First Responder.
Gear is available.
Camping recommended the night before at the Bivy site next to the park ($5 per person, includes shower and parking permit).
Morning instruction will be held at the Northern point, then we'll eat lunch and head down to do some climbs in the main area.
Cost per student: $99
Includes professional instruction and gear.
Camp at the Bivy Camp Site for $5 per night, shower and parking included. Closest alternatives include vacation rentals or the Crooked River Ranch, or numerous hotels in Redmond.
Camping gear (can be freezing temps at night)
Pants/Shorts suitable for climbing on abrasive rock
Transportation (carpools could possibly be arranged)
Plenty of water - 1 liter+
Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing Course Curriculum
This course is open to those with little or no climbing experience outside of a climbing gym. This course exposes the beginner rock climber to the skills necessary to safely set up top rope anchors and introduce him or her to basic top-rope climbing. The course is concluded with a debriefing and recommendations for further training and goals.
I. Introduction to Gear
Care of gear
Correctly fitting rock shoes
Correctly fitting climbing harness
Explanation of rope types used in climbing
Fall factors explained
II. Route Selection
Explanation of the Y.D.S. (climbing grades)
How to use guide books
How to tie in to your harness
Practice of single rope rappels
Use of rappel devices
Use of backup on rappel
Rappelling on the Munter hitch
How to determine a safe anchor
How to equalize anchors
VI. Setting up Top Rope Anchors
When to use existing gear
Safe approach of top rope anchors, using tethers
When to set up your own top rope anchor, cleaning anchors
Correct stance and position of the belayer
Techniques for belaying a leader
Static vs. dynamic belay
Use of the Munter hitch for belay
When to tie belayer into end of rope
VIII. Rope Management
How to coil the rope
Stacking the rope
Use of rope bag or tarp
IX. Movement Skills
Body, hand, and foot placement
Learning to climb with your feet
Static vs. dynamic movement
More advanced techniques for face climbing