This is a the next for the climber interested in moving beyond top rope setups (or the top rope climber who has to lead climb to set the anchors). The purpose of this course is to educate and instruct a climber on how to safely step into the world of lead climbing. Topics covered include route finding and climbing topo map reading, rope management, gear selection and racking methods, how to protect a climb, proper placement techniques, establishing a belay stance, proper belay techniques, and how to follow and clean a leader. This class is taught with very few students (private courses available) to ensure solid learning techniques.
LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $660 per person
3 people: $440 per person
4+ people: $330 per person
This course is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and climbing area conditions.
Closest Airport: Burbank (BUR(, Burbank, CA
Upon registration of course, a packet will be emailed to the student with further details on the details of the course.
TRAVEL AND OTHER INFORMATION
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Professional Instruction
• Technical canyoneering equipment
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
• Lodging or Campsite
You'll meet your instructor at a group meeting spot where final paperwork is
signed and gear is checked out. We'll carpool from here to our canyon choice of the day. A moderate hike (1-3 miles) will take us to the drop in point for the canyon.A talk on personal protective equipment, the basic technical gear, the West Coast Layering Method, the TERM's of a canyon, and rope will prepare us for our first rappel. The rest of the day will blur by as you learn to set your own ropes, put yourself on rappel, set your friction, and make your way safely down the waterfall. We'll finish the canyon at around sundown and head back to the Los Angeles area.
We start our day with a ground school at our canyon location discussing all the various forms of anchors in the sport. These include natural anchors such as webbing around trees & rocks, knot chocks, deadman, and pickets. We'll also look at fixed anchors and how to safely inspect a bolt in the rock. Considerable time will be spent discussing and building anchors safe enough to leave for others to use. We will discuss the local anchor ethics and how it differs from canyon to canyon. After completing the ground school, we'll venture into the canyon and spend the rest of the day building innovative, safe anchors at each drop before finishing again at sundown.
Rock Climbing is a marathon not a sprint. There is typically a several mile hike into a canyon route while wearing a 20-30 pound backpack. This hike will at some points be on uneven terrain and at other times on an established trail. Between rappels in canyon you will have to hike and potentially do assisted down climbs on uneven terrain. You will potentially be exposed to cold water, high air temps, poisionous plants and animals, and adverse weather conditions.
We have taken clients as young as 12 and as old as 72 into routes. Our main stipulation is you must fit within the size requirements for a harness (typically under a size 40 waist and under 350 pounds). Beyond that you should possess a general fitness level and enjoy hiking in the outdoors. If you have a specific question about the sport please contact us.
Student must have also completed our Level 3, Anchors 2 Course prior to this course.
WHAT TO BRING
• Rock Climbing Shoes
• All Technical Gear
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ADVENTUREWORKS
• Comfortable clothes that can be layered. (Loose fitting jeans/pants/shorts)
• Fleece Top
ITEMS PROVIDED STUDENT
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water
• Medications/Glasses/Extra • Contacts
• After Rock Climbing Clothes