Trust Your Trad Gear Class with Richard of the Outdoor Adventure Club

Do you trust your gear placements? By the end of this day you'll have a good idea if you should or not!

Most climbers learn to lead trad by leading hard sport routes, then backing off to lead easy trad climbs, where they won't fall. They place gear, but they never fall on it, so they never know if the gear was good. In this class you will be putting your weight on every piece of gear you place. If it fall (you'll be on a top rope, though) You'll learn pretty quickly if you can trust your gear or not.

Really, what we are teaching is aid climbing. You'll be placing gear, connecting aiders (nylon ladders) to the gear, stepping up the aiders, then repeating. Not only will you learn if you can trust your gear, but you'll be learning a skill that you may need to climb through a section too hard for you  to free climb through. It's a skill you definitely need if you have big wall aid climbing aspirations, too!

This will be a full day class, going from 8:30-5:30 or so. We can go later if needed.

The class is going to be taught by Richard Bothwell, owner of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Richard is passionate about teaching climbing skills, is a patient instructor, trained by the AMGA, and has been teaching climbing courses for over 16 years.


Climbers should have some trad lead climbing experience. We are going to be focusing on the gear placements today, not all the fine points of leading.

Contact [masked] if you aren't sure if this class is right for you.

Cost: $100/person (the Outdoor Adventure Club normally offers this class for $179)

Registration instructions:

To register for the class you need to RSVP here, then pay for the class on the Outdoor Adventure Club website here:

Outdoor Adventure Club Meetup Class page with Paypal button

You are not confirmed in the class until you make payment arrangements on the Outdoor Adventure Club site.

The minimum number of attendees is 2 people for this class to take place

The maximum number of attendees is 6. The small group provides more personalized attention and more climbing.

What to bring:

  1. Climbing harness, shoes, belay device.
  2. Helmet- We are happy to provide helmets if needed. Just let us know.
  3. Feel free to bring your own rope and gear if you wish, but don't feel obligated. We'll have everything you need for the class. If you do bring your own gear, please make sure it is well marked
  4. Lunch/snacks & water
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Appropriate clothing for the weather
  7. A desire to learn and be an active participant.

Note: Climbing is serious & dangerous so if you choose to attend climb at your own risk. GYCO or is not liable or responsible for any injuries you may incur.

Questions? Suggestions?

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Richard through the meetup or via email at [masked]


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  • Shinya I.

    Richard was awesome guy! I learn a lot from this class and built up confidence for trad gear placement. His explanation about what makes gear placement perfectly made sense to me. I think I'm ready for buying cam and nuts:)

    August 20, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Great class. I learned some new things about cams vs. chocks, a really neat way to tie the munter mule overhand, and how to remove chocks with the nut tool and save the wires from fraying.

    August 19, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Hey Nate and Shinya, I'm looking forward to the class on Sunday. Let me know if you have any questions.

    August 15, 2013

    • Shinya I.

      I'm planning to attend both classes so I will figure out. Thank you!

      August 16, 2013

    • Richard B.

      With the small group on Sunday we can cover other things, will be a great weekend

      August 16, 2013

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