This course is meant to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing, providing the knowledge and skills necessary to feel safe and comfortable in a new environment. We will cover climbing and movement techniques while learning to build and clean bolt anchors safely and efficiently.
Our guides are American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified so you can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge, combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.
Previous indoor climbing and a basic knowledge of belaying and climbing techniques. You should feel comfortable climbing 5.9 in the gym.
We offer a variety of nearby options around Bishop and Mammoth Lakes that can be tailored to suit the season and weather conditions. We will inform you of our finalized location before your course.
Over the weekend, topics covered will include:
• Climbing specific warm up techniques.
• Putting a route together.
• Mental and physical training for sport climbing.
• Equipment selection.
• Anchor construction and its safe usage.
• And, of course, as much climbing as you are able to handle.
Our options include:
The Owens River Gorge. With over 600 routes, this area has a tremendous concentration of climbs on andesite and welded tuff rock types. Routes here start at 5.6 and, in contrast to many other sport areas, the greatest concentration of climbs is at the 5.10 level. The Gorge is at low elevation and can be a hot place during summer.
Rock Creek. At 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada, the Rock Creek area offers wonderful granite bolted routes. The climbing is varied, requiring a repertoire of skills and techniques. Surrounded by aspen groves, this is a beautiful locale during the month of fall. Routes here start at 5.9 and go upwards.
Clark Canyon. Situated in the Jeffrey Pine forest east of Mammoth, this offers short, steep climbs on pocketed tuff and some cracks. It is a lot cooler than the low elevation crags in mid-summer. There is range of climbs from 5.6 upwards.
★ Please Read before you go ★
We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)
- Fitness, Training and Acclimatization Tips
- Leave No Trace
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