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Gym to Crag Rock Climbing Course

Overview

In this 2-day course you will learn important skills that build upon what you have learned in the gym so you can begin to climb sport routes outside safely and efficiently.  You will learn how to read the rock, belay properly from the ground and from the anchor, build safe equalized anchors, clean anchors and rappel, move efficiently, lead safely, and manage the rope, all while outside in the variable vertical world.

$445 Per Person
2 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
4:1, 8:2

Trip Information

$445
Price based on 3-4 climbers per guide. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com

In this 2-day course we will teach you important skills that build upon what you have learned in the gym so you can begin to climb sport routes outside safely and efficiently.  You will learn how to read the rock, belay properly, build safe and equalized anchors, clean anchors, move efficiently, lead safely, and manage the rope in the variable vertical outside world. This course is slightly more advanced than our Intro to Rock climbing course, as it is expected that you have the basic knowledge and experience that comes from gym climbing such as tying in, top rope belaying, and clipping quickdraws while lead climbing.

This course is also a great refresher for people who just haven't climbed outside in awhile. You will learn the most up to date technical practices in the industry.

This course is a great stepping stone toward our Lead Trad Climbing Course.

Duration: 2
Ratio: 4:1, 8:2
Difficulty Level:
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Rock Climbing Skills: moderate (minimum 5.7)

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous (multiple pitches per day)

Technical Skills Required: Moderate


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Itinerary

Curriculum:

- Learn to identify, assess, and mitigate outdoor climbing hazards

- Essential gear and necessary skills for when you encounter unexpected circumstances on the wall or at the anchor

- Climbing movement on natural rock

- Various ways of cleaning a top-rope anchor and rappelling down safely

- Building safe and equalized anchors when the bolts or chains are not straightforward

- Multiple different knots, the pros and cons of each, and their different applications

- Different belaying techniques and how they apply to different circumstances the lead climber is encountering on the wall

- How to belay a climber up while you are at the top anchor

- Rope management, on the wall and on the ground

- Using Guidebooks, apps, the internet, and other resources to help choose routes you want to do and find them on the wall

- Climbing etiquette at the crag

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Pricing

$445
per person
Price based on 3-4 climbers per guide. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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Payment Policy
If booking a domestic trip that is over 30 days away or an international trip that is over 60 days away, you can book your trip by paying a 20% deposit.  View Full Policy
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 30 or more days before domestic trips or 60 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 30 days of the start of domestic trips or 60 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

Equipment List

Clothing
Base Layer
  • T-shirt - midweight or lightweight
  • Socks -  pair
Mid Layer
  • Windshirt or light soft shell jacket
  • Fleece or similar warm layer
  • Synthetic climbing or hiking pants
  • Shorts, if weather permits - longer shorts are better
Outerwear
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable jacket
  • Warm hat - should cover your ears
  • Sun hat - baseball cap or visor
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Down or synthetic puffy-type jacket
Personal Gear
  • Pack - 25-30 liter
  • Hiking/approach shoes
  • Chalk bag/chalk
  • Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
  • Water - plenty for a long day in the sun
  • Lunch and snacks for the whole day
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
  • Lip Balm - SPF 15+
  • Small personal first aid kit - just the basics: blister care, ibuprofin, prescription meds, etc.; your guide will have a substantial group first aid kit
Technical Gear
  • Climbing Harness
  • Helmet - climbing helmet UIAA approved
  • Rock shoes - comfortable for all day climbing
  • Climbing Hardware:
    • FOR INTRO TO ROCK/GYM TO CRAG/LEAD SPORT
      • 2 Locking carabiners - 1 large HMS style and 1 regular locker
      • Personal Anchor System - nylon or spectra
      • Belay device
    • FOR LEAD TRAD/SQUAMISH TRAD
      • 3 Locking Carabiners - 1 large style HMS and 2 regular lockers
      • 4 Non-locking carabiners - any type, we prefer wire gates
      • Personal Anchor System - consider a Connect Adjust Lanyard
      • Belay device
      • Cordelette - 7 mm diameter, 18-24 feet
      • 2 Sewn slings - 1 single, 1 double
      • Any trad gear you have - cams, nuts, hexes, etc.
Optional Items
  • Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!
  • Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach
  • Electrolytes - tablets/powder/gel/blocks
  • Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebooks work well
  • Compass - adjustable declination a must
  • Altimeter
  • Belay gloves
  • Neck gaiter - for protecting your face from sun, wind, cold
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