Learn how to place gear for rock climbing the right way--from the ground up. Sport climbing is one thing, placing gear on lead is another. Take on the knowledge and experience of our professional guides to enter into trad climbing safely!
Sport climbing is one thing, placing gear on lead is another. The act of placing protection while lead climbing is a skill set in itself and can test ones mental strength. In this course you'll be introduced, very systematically, to the progression required to become a safe trad climber. The course has you place all kinds of gear on top rope, on mach lead, and on real lead. You will learn to trust your own work by falling into the gear you placed in mock lead situations and you will get a chance to hang into belays that you just built in the vertical arena. We'll travel to Vantage the first morning and set up camp in the Feathers area. By late morning we can get to work on learning the skills as Vantage is the perfect venue for everything we will be doing. The third day will cap off the course with a moderate multi-pitch climb on the granite mecca of Index, WACourse Curriculum:1. Introduction to Gear• Selecting trad gear• Racking trad gear on your harness• Principles of gear placement2. Anchors and Belay Techniques• Static and dynamic belays while climbing trad• Equalized anchors• Self equalizing anchors3. Leading on Trad Gear• Mock leading on trad gear• Falling into your gear• Leading on trad gear4. Multi-pitch Climbing and Station Management• Building a hanging belay• Multi pitch climbing on trad gear• Belay station management5. Rock Rescue Skills• Escaping the belay• Basic rock rescue• Knot pass
Trad Rock Equipment ListClothing
T Shirt - midweight or lightweight
Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece, Jacket - only one of these is necessary
Comfortable Pants to Climb In - soft shell or nylon pants
Shorts - if weather permits; longer shorts are better
Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
Pack – 25 to 30 liter
Hiking Shoes - approach or running shoes work well
Rock Shoes - comfortable for all day climbing
Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters
Snacks for the day
Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
Lip Balm - SPF 15+
Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved only
Belay Device - any type
Locking Biners (3) - (1) large HMS style and (2) regular lockers
Non-Locking Biners (4) - any type, we prefer wire gates
Daisy Chain - nylon or spectra
Cordelette (1) - 7 mm diameter, 18 to 24 feet in length
Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single, 1 double
Optional Items*We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate
Any Trad Gear - cams, nuts, hexes, etc.
Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!
Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works
Group Gear Provided By PGS
Technical Group Gear (Ropes and Trad gear)
Group 1st Aid Kit
Intro to Rock ClimbingLearn the thrill of rock climbing with an emphasis on safety and skills that will allow you to enjoy the sport with confidence. The prominent climbing areas of North Bend are located a mere 30 miles from Seattle.
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