Learn To Lead & Follow - Trad Climbing with AMGA Guide....
Min 4 Climbers for this meetup to take place.
What Should We Do…..??? Go rock Climbing of course... Its almost summer!
Rock Climbing: “ Guided” Learn to Lead or follow a Trad Rock climbing Route. Class #3 & 4 Rolled into one class
Introductory Course Series: Lead Climbing (or) Following Traditional "Multi" Multiple pitch Rock Route.
"Trad" Traditional Rock Protection. Learn the systems of setting up a solid belay station and placement of "Passive Protection". You will pratice and learn about all kinds of placements and systems of protection for creation of anchors be it for multi pitch or setting up top-rope.
Learn how to become a knowing participant and learn of what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing party.
Learn hands on, solid belaying skills. Belayer’s responsibilities and anticipated rope work. Gear & speedy placements and removal & gear racking for multie-pitch climbing. If time is available learn good retreating skills on a difficult route or repel. There is lots of doe's & Don'ts....
When is it best to use one climbing style or technique rather than another? Which style is most appropriate for which situation? Is it best to steer toward the cracks, or stick with the footholds or head out onto the open face, while still following the rope ahead of you. All these issues can be addressed while getting in some great climbing knowledge and time on the rock. Different character climbs or difficulty as we go, depending upon groups needs or skills.
This course is progressive method from (Class#2) additional skills with rock climbing.
Other - Meetup’s & Skill Building:
Class#1 - Learn to climb on Rock.
Beginner basic’s who never climbed on rock, or have only been climbing indoors at a rock gym, this program is for you. We’ll go over the fundamentals of climbing and focus on giving you the knowledge to become a confident rock climber. You’ll go over and learn about the relevant equipment, knots and terminology, and then we’ll move right into belaying, where to belay from in rock or ice, body position, Being Anchored or not? Footwork and working around the climbing location.
Class#2 - Top rope set up.
Systems & Anchors, When it is time to start thinking of heading out on your own, you’ll want to hit this course first. We’ll take your knowledge and experience on the rock and fine-tune it to address the myriad issues that come with establishing top rope systems. You’ll learn how to assess a site for climbing and anchoring potential, and how to set anchors at the top and bottom of the crag using a variety of methods and materials. We’ll also cover how to deal with the typical issues that can complicate a day of top roping: difficult cliff-top access, troublesome situations at the edge, awkward descent options, etc.
Class#3: Following Trad climber.
Knowing what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing team is the goal. Learn hands on, solid belaying skills, Belayer’s responsibilities and anticipate rope work. Gear & speedy anchor removal & gear racking for multie-pitch climbing. Retreating saftly on a difficult route on repel.
Class#4 - Learning being a lead climber on Trad
Learning the responsibilities of such a leader. Picking good protection placements and belay location’s. Safety of your follower / belayer who might be more inexperienced. Selection of gear and why? for certain, types of solid belay’s or repel stations. Problem Solving. Route finding skills & pitfalls of being off route. Retreating from a difficult route on rappel and what makes a good location to rappel from on broken terrain where anything can happen.
As, time allows couple pitches of solid real life practice and escape practice scenarios or coaching on the “what if’s”…!
Class#5 - Aid Climbing “Beginner”
Basic’s and systems of climbing either a short section you cannot trad climb past or a intro to a big multie pitch aid climbing & systems.
Class#6 – Self Rescue & Rescue the lead climber.
* Climbing self-rescue procedures for teams of two.
* Techniques equally effective on rock, snow, and ice
* Utilizes gear climbers already carry in their rack
More comprehensive then learn to lead, The rope is stuck, or too short. A crucial piece of gear is MIA. You've wandered off route into dicey terrain. An injury leaves you or your partner in need of help. Climb long enough and finding yourself in a jam far from help is inevitable. In climbing, Self Rescue is inevitable. Let long-time climbing instructors and guides teach how to improvise your own solutions, calling for outside help only when necessary.
Because few climbers carry fancy (and expensive) search and rescue gear, all skills taught in this class use the items typically found on a climbing rack: rope, carabineers, slings, and cord. Explain knots, belaying and hauling systems, rappelling, ascension, passing knots, how to safely assist and rig an injured climber, and more. Real-life climbing scenarios and solutions ranging from moderate to severe. Because real-life situations rarely unfold as they do in practice, Learn how to analyze and improvise your way out of a crisis.
WHEN DOES IT PAY TO HIRE A GUIDE?
By Chris Simmons, February 17, 2014
IFMGA Mountain Guide and Outdoor Research athlete Chris Simmons hears all the time about the value of his services. He also hears about how it's cheaper to just have a friend teach you to climb or ski. He recently sat down with a pen and a napkin to find a way to explain the benefits of professional instruction.
If you want to have the most effective (time+effort) experience or instruction, consider hiring an IFMGA Mountain Guide or a PSIA 3 Instructor (for ski areas). Everything else is just a compromise.
If someone chooses to save money in equipment and professional instruction in the spirit of "DIY," they should be prepared for developing at a slower rate, and learning more lessons by mistakes. At some point on the graph, usually depending on what your final desired outcome is, trying to save that money in the beginning actually costs more in time spent correcting those mistakes.
Sometimes it pays to be cheap. But at some point, you pay by being cheap.