Courses | Advanced (Climbing 301)

So, you’ve got that whole belaying and rappelling thing down and you’ve been following your friends on a number of multi-pitch routes, but what happens if you drop your rappel devices? Can you set up a redirected lower if someone gets hurt? Does your belay look like it was brought to you by “Mister Messy?” This course if for everyone who has gotten a decent start in climbing but has started to realize their climbing skills tool box is, well, a little sparse.

Our advanced course will turn you into a better, safer and more efficient climber. Each day, students will take more responsibility as a member of the climbing team and learn some of the more advanced concepts associated with anchors, belaying, rappelling, and rope management. This high-mileage course is bound to improve your future climbing experiences; the longer you can stay, the more we can teach you!

Some specific topics we hit during the course are:

Knots, knots and more knots (with a couple hitches thrown in)
Complex anchors
Refining climbing movement and technique in advanced terrain
Advanced rope management
Belay station management
Time management
Transitions
Placement and removal of artificial protection (chocks & cams)
Intro to self-rescue skills
Backup rappel techniques
Multi-pitch belaying a second
Risk assessment, evaluation and mitigation

*All necessary equipment is provided. If you have your own equipment and wish to use it, it must be inspected first to ensure its’ appropriateness and safe condition.

Course Details
Rates & Dates
Maximize Your Experience

Course Details

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, are 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 taught with a maximum of a 3 to 1 ratio.

Rates & Dates

Single Person Class

2 Day Version: $595
3 Day Course: $795

Group Discounts

Book with a friend and save up to $200 a person!

2 Day Version: $375 (per person)
3 Day Course: $495 (per person)

Register a full class of 3 and save up to $400 a person!

2 Day Version: $295 (per person)
3 Day Course: $395 (per person)

Our courses begin each Tuesday and Saturday, from mid-March to mid-November.

If you have a group of three, these courses can begin any day of your choosing.

Maximize Your Experience

Get the most out of your course by preparing ahead of time.

No reading is required for our Advanced Climbing Course, but in order to get the most out of this class, check out:

Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide by: Craig Luebben, The Mountaineers 2007.

While all the techniques featured in this book are useful useful for climbing, it’s most important that you focus on the following:

Natural & fixed anchors.............pg. 57- 71
Rappel anchors......................pg. 129-134
Carabiner orientations..............pg. 142-143
Traditional belay anchors...........pg. 152-168