By combining elements of our Intro to Climbing and Anchors I courses into a weekend getaway, you are able to receive a solid introduction to the sport of climbing. All technical gear is provided at this class designed for the total beginner climber. On the first day, we'll take time to familiarize you with the basic principles of rock climbing and rock climbing techniques, as well as basic gear review, risk management, route grades, and their difficulty ratings, top rope climbing, and the history of the sport. The second day will continue our training with more climbing and a basic introduction to anchor systems.
LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $660 per person
3 people: $440 per person
4+ people: $330 per person
Contact ATS prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
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.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
TRAVEL AND OTHER INFORMATION
• Professional Instruction
• Technical canyoneering equipment
• Leave No Trace Ethics Card
• Sample rope and webbing
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
After meeting the instructor and checking out the gear for the day we head to a nearby crag. Our first lesson of the day will be an overview of the equipment used for climbing. Even gym climbers learn new information during this session. We gear up, talk about clear communication skills, go over belaying, and then start climbing. Emphasis is placed on solid technique over speed. Our instructors patiently explain the finer points of movement on the rock. After lunch we spend time learning about the ratings system for climbing which coupled with a brief history of the sport really immerses the student into this new activity. More top rope climbing finishes off a strong day.
Since we’ll all have sore muscles from the first day, we’ll spend the first half of the day is a ground school dedicated to the craft of anchor building. We’ll spend time working on proper placements and equalization of rock climbing protection including: placing passive and active protection (spring loaded camming devices, stoppers, tri-cams, hexcentrics, nuts, etc..). We will also discuss route selection, top rope anchor site selections, and assessing and backing up fixed anchors. The remaining part of the day will be spent atop a cliff building basic anchor systems, and then climbing on the work we have done. If time permits, we'll cover antique gear including broken and misused gear and anchors. Anchors II is recommended before leading groups of friends out on the rock.
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.
WHAT TO BRING
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ADVENTUREWORKS
• Rock Climbing Shoes
• All Technical Gear
ITEMS PROVIDED STUDENT
• Comfortable clothes that can be layered. (Loose fitting jeans/pants/shorts)
• Fleece Top
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water
• Medications/Glasses/Extra • Contacts
• After Rock Climbing Clothes