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Berkeley Multi-Pitch Transitions & Techniques Workshop

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  • Cragmont Rock Park

    960 Regal Rd, Berkeley, CA (map)

    37.892685 -122.263370

  • This workshop focuses on the skills and techniques that you will need to enter the realm of multi-pitch rock climbing.

    We'll start by addressing some of the bad habits that are common with beginning multi-pitch climbers. Often this includes snagged and tangled ropes, stuck/overcammed gear placements, dropping gear, and properly protecting your follower. We'll also discuss the various ways that climbers have accidentally unclipped themselves or their partners while trying to sort out a cluttered belay station, and teach you how to avoid them.

    You will learn a variety of techniques for managing ropes while hanging in vertical terrain. We'll discuss forecasting two and even three steps ahead to prepare for smooth and efficient transitions.

    We'll also discuss when it's appropriate to lower your partner off of a climb or to rappel with your partner. We'll examine various methods for each.

    This course begins in a ground school environment and transitions into moderate terrain. This allows the students to learn the material in a low-stress environment, which we've found to be most successful for overall comprehension.


    • Students should have the ability to safely belay with a plate, tube or auto-locking device.

    • Students should be able to confidently climb at a grade of 5.7 outdoors (5.10 indoors).

    • Students should be able to tie common climbing knots and hitches (figure 8 series, overhands series, double-bowline, clove hitch, prusik hitch, kleimheist, etc.).

    • Students should be able to build safe and efficient anchors with both natural and man-made protection, using both cordellette and slings.

    If you are deficient in any of these prerequisites, then you will need to first take our Level I - Anchor and Rescue Course, which will satisfy each of these requirements and more.


    The cost for this workshop is $159.

    Registration here:


    • Water (2-liters); lunch/snacks; tip for your guides; sunscreen; sun glasses; sun hat.

    • At this point in the game, you should have a basic rack for multi-pitch climbing.

    • Some cams, nuts/hexes, nut tool, cordellette, alpine draws and a collection of locking and non-locking carabiners. 

    • Please bring your own rack if you have one, and be sure to mark your gear so that it doesn't get confused with another participant's gear.


    Comfortable athletic clothing; sneakers (for when you're not climbing). If you have your own personal climbing/safety equipment bring it, if you need to borrow gear from us, just let us know your waist size (for the harness), and shoes size (for our magic climbing shoes).


    • "Fantastic class -- learned so much and def recommending to my climbing friends (from beginners to experienced)" 

    • "Fantastic !!!!"

    •  "I loved the class- Max was a great instructor, timed the class well and was generous in sharing his knowledge. I had a ton of questions and he answered every single one. Overall I feel confident in my safety moving forward and that is the most important takeaway from the class." 

    • "I was very very satisfied with the class. To be honest it was far beyond my expectation. I had previously taken a REI class and hence had very low expectations but this class was very informative and the right mix of theory and practice." 

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  • Max S.
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    Avid outdoorsman, love to climb, hike and paddle!

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