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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 climbing skill that you'll need for big wall climbing or getting through sections of a climb too difficult for you to free climb. 

This will be a full day class, going from 8:30-6:00 or so. We can go later if needed.

The class is 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 18 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: $119/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 3 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:
• Climbing harness, shoes, belay device.

• Helmet- We are happy to provide helmets if needed. Just let us know.

• 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

• Lunch/snacks & water

• Sunscreen

• Appropriate clothing for the weather

• A desire to learn and be an active participant.

Meet your instructor:

Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer),  Guide, Program Director and Owner of Outdoor Adventure Club, will be teaching this all day, hands-on class. Richard is certified by the AMGA as a Single Pitch Instructor and has been teaching climbing classes for over 18 years. He is also a backcountry snowboard guide, and AIARE avalanche educator. He's climbed 4 of the "7 summits", climbed extensively in Peru,  as well as as well as hundreds of routes in California. Teaching outdoor skills is what he does for a living, and he is passionate about teaching and making sure you're learning the material. You're in good hands!

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys I'm really sorry I'll be 20 minutes late see you there

    June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Richard & Gil, any chance either of you will be driving to Castle Rock from SF? I'm w/o a vehicle, would love to take this course but not sure I can get my hands on a car.

    June 12, 2014

    • Gil S.

      Yup, I'll be driving. (858)[masked]

      June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome, just paid up. Gil: I live next to the Panhandle but I'm happy to ride my bike to meet you anywhere in the city. I'll give you a ring on Saturday to figure out the details. Thanks! (207)[masked]

      June 12, 2014

  • Steve L.

    I have to leave at 1 pm unfortunately! Work :(

    June 9, 2014

    • Richard B.

      Hey Steve, give me a call to discuss the timing, ok?

      June 9, 2014

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