Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes - Olympia - 2024

Climbing Course

Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes - Olympia Course

Learn and demonstrate the skills necessary to transition into climbing outside on well bolted routes. IMPORTANT!! READ THE COURSE DESCRIPTION.

GOALS OF THE COURSE:

Learn and demonstrate the skills necessary to transition into climbing outside on well bolted routes. 

PREREQUISITES:

  • Participants must hold a lead climbing “card” to any gym and have been climbing inside for 3 months leading up to the course. Climbing fitness is important as the class is 100% outside where climbing is typically harder and risk is higher.
  • Participants must be able to lead fall competently (typically checked by the gym you hold your lead card for)
  • Participants must be able to lead belay competently
  • Participants must be able to top-rope belay competently
  • Participants possess knowledge with regard to climbing commands
  • Participants possess knowledge about Clipping technique, Back Clipping, Z-Clipping, and Toe Tucking

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Outside climbing etiquette
  • Anchor evaluation eg. SERENE
  • How to build top-rope anchors
  • How to clean top-rope anchors
  • Route risk assessment
  • Sport climbing strategy/techniques
  • Outdoor belay stance considerations

THINGS TO WATCH and PRACTICE BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Introduction to Leading on Bolted Routes Lecture
Online Classroom
Tue, Sep 10, 2024
Registration closes Sep 8
4 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Introduction to Leading on Bolted Routes Field Trip
Vantage/The Feathers
Sat, Sep 21, 2024 -
Sun, Sep 22, 2024
Registration closes Sep 8
4 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Leavenworth: Little Italy (Bambino)
Sat, Sep 28, 2024 -
Sun, Sep 29, 2024
Registration closes Sep 8
4 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Roster
Required Equipment

If you do not have all of the gear before the first lecture, that is fine. We will discuss gear options.

      • Belay device (Gri Gri 2, Gri Gri Plus, Mega Jul, ATC Guide, or ATC); watch the videos produced by the manufacturers for proper use.
      • Harness with belay loop and gear loops
      • Helmet
      • Personal Anchor (Metolius PAS is a good one; there are others, learn how to use them properly)
      • Rock Shoes
      • Chalk bag
      • Autoblock (hollow block or prusik cord)
      • 8 locking carabiners (6 low profile and 2 large pear shaped preferred AKA HMS)
      • 20 ft. of 7mm accessory cord
  • (optional) 60 meter single dynamic rope
  • (optional) quick draws
  • (optional) rope bag
Course Materials

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