Sport Climbing - Tacoma - 2017

Climbing Course

Sport Climbing

Sport Climbing

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Sport climbing is the fastest and easiest way to enter into the fast growing climbing community, and the Tacoma Mountaineers Sport Course can be your ticket in.  Are you  interested in transitioning from the climbing gym to real rock? Want to solidify or refresh newly acquired rock climbing skills? Want to develop new skills or push your climbing up a grade or two? If so, this course is for you.

Sport climbing describes a style of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors ("bolts") fixed to the rock for protection. This is in contrast to traditional, ("trad"), climbing where climbers must place removable protection as they climb.

Every student in the course will begin with "top roping" at the clubhouse and on the field trips.  Sport climbing students who want to lead sport routes need to show lead certification from a climbing gym before being allowed to lead on field trips.  This course aims to teach you the skills needed to pass the lead test at your gym.

Lectures will be held at the Tacoma Program Center on Thursdays at 6:00 on September 7th, 14th, and 21st, with an optional pre-lecture on August 31.

Field trips are scheduled for September 16+17 at Exit 38, and September 30th+October 1st (camping available in nearby Vantage) at Frenchman Coulee.

There will also be informal climbing opportunities at Edgeworks Climbing Gym in Tacoma.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

10 essentials
Climbing Harness with Belay Loop
Large Pearbiner
ATC type Belay Device
2 Locking Carabiners
Personal Anchor
Rock Shoes
Climbing Helmet 


Course Materials

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