The goal of this introductory course is to provide participant the opportunity to learn and understand the skills needed to safely trad climb. Participants should have previous climbing/belaying experience and be able to tie a figure eight knot.
- Route selection/evaluation: While guidebooks are a great resource much can be learned by first hand reconnaissance of a route; including gear size and selection, possible rests and stances to place protection.
- Gear placement and evaluation: A reliable gear placement is in the hand of the beholder. Lots of practice and assessment should be had at ground level prior to leading a route of any grade.
- Anchor construction: Placing the protection is only part of the equation when it comes to constructing an anchor. Additionally, a climber must be able to configure and bring together multiple pieces of protection into one fail proof master point.
- Rope management: Good rope handling skills are needed to ensure safe and efficient use of your day. There is nothing worse then 60 meters of tangled mess.
- Crack climbing technique: If you are new to traditional climbing odds are you have not had much experience climbing cracks. Crack climbing is unique compared to face climbing in that instead of grabbing holds you are creating them by wedging hands and feet into the rock. Sound painful? No lie, it might be a bit at first, but after some practice you’ll get the hang of it.