Introduction to Single Pitch Trad A - Seattle - 2017

Climbing Course

Introduction to Single Pitch Trad

Introduction to placing traditional gear in a single pitch crack climbing environment

Info
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Applications and registration open to intermediate climbing students only starting Jan 1 (opens to public Feb 1).  Applications received prior to Jan 1st 2017 will NOT be reviewed. A Leading on Bolts Badge OR Equivalency, which is, know how to lead climb at 5.7 on bolts, build a top rope anchor, clean an anchor and rappel)

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This course is designed to teach the skills required to lead climb single-pitch trad routes. Students will be given time and education to safely and efficiently place gear and develop new climbing skills that will help the break into a new type of climbing.  Applicants MUST be able to proficiently lead bolted routes at a minimum of 5.7.

 

Skills Covered

* Proper and efficient trad gear placement techniques

* Proper gear spacing

* Leading single-pitch climbs on trad gear

* Knowledge of fall factors

Graduation Criteria

* Safely lead 2 single-pitch trad routes 5.5 or above

Prerequisites

* Sport climbing course or equivalency equals proficiently leading at 5.7 on bolts, building a sport anchor, and cleaning and repelling from said anchor.

o Ability to lead on bolts up to 5.7 proficiently

o Ability to rappel safely

o Able to build a top-rope anchor on bolts

Summary of Activities

* 1 evening kickoff session

* 2 evenings for skills review

* 2 weekend days of outdoor mock leading on trad gear

* 1 weekend day of outdoor leading on trad gear

Student Gear

 We will be discussing gear during our Kick Off session so waiting to purchase gear will ensure that all students purchase the proper gear the first time.  However if you have already purchased gear and would like it evaluated you are welcome to bring it to this Kick off meeting.  See the complete gear list in Course materials.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Kick Off Meeting
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 11, 2017
Registration closed May 9
0 participants
15 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 15, 2018
Registration closed May 13
2 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Feb 25, 2019
Registration closed Mar 25
1 participant
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 16, 2019
Registration closed Mar 25
20 participants
5 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Feb 27, 2020
Registration closed Feb 25
0 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 15, 2020
Registration closed Apr 13
0 participants
1 instructor
Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 18, 2017
Registration closed May 16
0 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 25, 2017
Registration closed May 23
0 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Registration closed Apr 8
1 participant
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 23, 2018
Registration closed May 21
2 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 30, 2018
Registration closed May 28
4 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 5, 2019
Registration closed Apr 9
2 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 12, 2019
Registration closed Apr 15
2 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 24, 2019
Registration closed Apr 9
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 5, 2020
Registration closed Mar 3
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 12, 2020
Registration closed Mar 10
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 22, 2020
Registration closed Apr 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 29, 2020
Registration closed Apr 27
12 participants
5 instructors
Weekend Field Trip 1
Leavenworth
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 -
Sun, Jun 4, 2017
Registration closed Jun 1
0 participants
2 instructors
Leavenworth
Sat, Jun 2, 2018 -
Sun, Jun 3, 2018
Registration closed May 31
4 participants
0 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Mar 16, 2019 -
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Registration closed Apr 18
2 participants
0 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Mar 14, 2020 -
Sun, Mar 15, 2020
Registration closed Mar 12
0 participants
1 instructor
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, May 2, 2020 -
Sun, May 3, 2020
Registration closed Apr 30
12 participants
5 instructors
Weekend Field Trip 2
Leavenworth
Sat, Jun 17, 2017
Registration closed Jun 15
0 participants
4 instructors
Leavenworth
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Registration closed Jun 15
2 participants
5 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Jun 16, 2018
Registration closed Jun 14
0 participants
8 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
Registration closed Jun 15
3 participants
8 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Mar 30, 2019
Registration closed Apr 27
0 participants
3 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
Registration closed Apr 26
2 participants
4 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Mar 28, 2020
Registration closed Mar 26
0 participants
6 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sun, Mar 29, 2020
Registration closed Mar 27
0 participants
6 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, May 9, 2020
Registration closed May 7
6 participants
4 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sun, May 10, 2020
Registration closed May 8
6 participants
4 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

Student Gear List

1. Climbing helmet

2. Rock climbing shoes

3. Harness

4. 1 personal anchor (Metolius) + locking carabiner

5. 6 single alpine slings

6. 2 double alpine slings

7. 1 triple alpine sling

8. 18 standard-sized non-locking carabiners (2 per sling)

9. 6 locking carabiners (in addition to the one in #4)

10. One set of standard-sized cams

· One cam each matching the following Black Diamond sizes: .3, .4, .5, .75, 1, 2, 3

11. 7 carabiners – one for each cam

· Do not need to be full sized

· Getting carabiners that match the color of your cams will be helpful

12. One set of nuts

13. 1 carabiner to rack the nuts

14. Nut tool

15. 20’ cordelette - 5mm tech cord 

16. 2 rolls of climbing/gym tape 1.5" wide

Course Materials

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