For those new to the sport, this course aims to provide participants with plenty of climb time.  Introductory skills will be taught allowing you to take an active role in your climbing experience.

  • Common knots:  Learning how to properly tie yourself into the climbing rope is the first step becoming a self-sufficient climber.
  • Equipment usage:  When used correctly climbing equipment can be a lifesaver.  When used incorrectly…well.  Following the course you should have a thorough understanding of the basic equipment used and how to properly use it.
  • Climbing technique and tips:  Climbing is not about brute strength.  Good technique will help conserve strength allowing for a more enjoyable experience.
  • Belay technique:  The ability to properly belay a climber is imperative.  You will learn how to safely get your climbing partner up and down the route.
  • Climbing commands:  Good communication between the climber and belayer is crucial.  You will learn and use the recognized communication allowing you to safely climb/belay.
  • Terminology:  Crimp, Gaston, Match, Dihedral?  Many terms used by climbers just aren’t by the rest of society.  Here we will help you begin to decipher exactly what those words mean.
  • Grading system:  4th class, 5.6, 5.10, 5.14b?  We will provide insight what these numbers mean.
  • Become comfortable with basic climbing setups:  In order to focus on the climbing you must first trust the climbing system.   We will discuss the components of the top rope setups being used.
  • Leave No Trace climbing principles:  As the climbing community expands, so does its impact on the environment.  We will review and practice techniques that will minimize our impact.


  1. Kevin Forster
    Nov 22, 2011

    I had the pleasure of going on a beginner trad course with KRAG. Brain was my instructor, and it was awesome! There were 2 other beautiful girls on the course, which was a bonus. I felt safe the whole time, and Brian’s sense of humor made me feel comfortable- despite my lack of skill. Thank You KRAG- I will be back!

  2. Diana Taft
    Mar 26, 2012

    I got to climb with Clifton. We had a group with climbers ranging from never climbed before to climbed 3+ times a week in a gym. Clifton did a FABULOUS job of making sure there was something everyone enjoyed climbing. He was very conscientious about safety, and helped make our trip really something special.

    Thank you KRAG! I, too, plan to come back 🙂

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