Intermediate Climbing Course

DSCF0050-1aOnce you have mastered the basics, there is still a lot to learn before you consider yourself a truly competent climber.  Our Intermediate Climbing Course introduces this information in a very engaging, high mileage format. If you want to improve your skills and competency in a multi-pitch environment, this is the course for you! During the course, the student takes more responsibility as a member of the climbing team. Advanced concepts related to anchoring, belaying, rappelling, and rope management are taught. Students use these new skills to move more efficiently through the vertical world while maintaining a high level of safety.

Cost$325 for 2 days, $425 for 3 days.
DatesCourses begin every Sat and Tues, April through October. Call for special date requests.
Class SizeMinimum 1, Maximum 3 per Instructor.
DiscountsSee 2013 Rates and Discounts.
Ages14 and Up. Call us for age restrictions.
Times8:30 am on the porch.
PrerequisitePrior multi pitch climbing experience is a huge plus. You should be comfortable and competent belaying, rappelling, seconding a lead climber (removing climbing protection), tying all forms of a figure-8 knot, water knot, and double fisherman's knot.

Our intermediate climbing course is conducted entirely outdoors in a two or three day format. It is worth stating that the amount of information presented  in our courses can be overwhelming.  While we do offer the Intermediate Course as a two day course, students usually walk away with a better working knowledge of the techniques when they take the three day version.

All necessary equipment is provided.  If you have your  own equipment and wish to use it, you can do so after your guide has determined its’ appropriateness and safe condition.

This course covers in detail:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  • Belaying (review)
  • Advanced belay concepts
  • Rappelling (review)
  • Rappel station setup and management
  • Basic knots (review)
  • Advanced knots
  • Proper vocal signals (review)
  • Time management
  • Advanced rope management
  • Transitions
  • Basic anchor (review)
  • More complex anchors
  • Refining movement skills and efficiency
  • Placement and removal of artificial protection (chocks and cams)
  • Self-rescue readiness skills
  • Basic risk assessment, evaluation and mitigation

Course Itinerary

During this 2-3 day climbing course we focus on imparting to the climbers the skills necessary to take on more responsibility as a member of a climbing team and as such, Travis_Critterare flexible depending on each client’s needs. We will cover advanced concepts in anchoring, belaying, rappelling, and rope management. Climbers will be exposed to more challenging and varied terrain. We will continue to discuss objective hazards, their evaluation and the beginning of self rescue concepts and preparedness. As always, superior and personalized climbing instruction makes for a quality learning experience.

This course is also offered in an abbreviated two day version. Please note: the enormous amount of information to be learned is best suited to a three day course.

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Need Gear?  Check out The Gendarme climbing shop!  We can ship it to you, or you can pick it up when you arrive for your course.