Learn 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.
Learn how to rock climb - with certified guides - a mere 30 miles from Seattle! The climbing areas of Little Si and Exit 38 provide the perfect training ground to take you from a novice climber to lead climbing. Rock Climbing is thrilling for everybody even while just learning. Rock climbing is a safe sport, if you learn it from the right source. We believe that our certified guides are the source that will teach you the right way, the first time. They will teach you the technical aspects of the sport, so that you enter the climbing community knowledgable and prepared. This technical knowledge will also teach you about yourself. Everything you learn here will be applicable in your future mountain travels. We will cover basic movement on rock, top rope set-ups, anchor systems, sport climbing techniques and an introduction to lead climbing. If the weather allows we'll be climbing in our North Bend backyard. If not, we'll travel over the mountains to Vantage and get some sun!We will meet each morning at Pro Ski and Mountain Service and Pro Guiding Service headquarters in North Bend, WA. We will then venture out to Little Si or exit 38 where there are some great introductory routes. We will start around 8:00am and finish up around 4:00pm each day. Course Curriculum:1. Introduction to Gear• Gear selection• Care of gear• Correctly fitting rock shoes• Correctly fitting climbing harness• Explanation of rope types used in climbing• Fall factors explained2. Route Selection• Explanation of the Y.D.S. (climbing grades)• How to use guide books3. Knots• How to tie in• Munter hitch• Other basic knots related to sport climbing4. Belaying• Correct stance and position of the belayer• Belaying devices• Techniques for belaying a leader• Static vs. dynamic belay• Use of the Munter hitch for belay• When to tie belayer into end of rope 5. Rope Management• How to coil the rope• Stacking the rope• Use of rope bag or tarp6. Anchors• How to determine a safe anchor• How to equalize anchors• Anchor extension7. Setting up Top Rope Anchors• When to use existing gear• Safe approach of top rope anchors• When to set up your own top rope anchor8. Movement Skills• Body, hand, and foot placement• Learning to climb with your feet• Static vs. dynamic movement• Sequencing• More advanced techniques for face climbing9. Rappelling• Practice of single rope rappels• Use of rappel devices• Use of backup on rappel• Rappelling on the Munter hitch10. Leading• How to place the quick draw correctly on the bolt hanger• Clipping the rope correctly to the quick draw• Setting up a mock lead• Leading sport climbs
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain ServicePro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.INTRO TO ROCK CLIMBING COURSEEQUIPMENT LISTCLOTHING (Men's, Women's)o T Shirt - midweight or lightweighto Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece, Jacket - only one of these is necessaryo Comfortable Pants to Climb In - soft shell or nylon pantso Shorts - if weather permits; longer shorts are bettero Warm Hato Sun Hat - baseball type or visorPERSONAL GEARo Pack - 25 to 30 litero Hiking Shoes- approach or running shoes work well o Rock Shoes - comfortable for all day climbingo Chalk Bago Chalko Water Bottles - 1 or 2 literso Sun Glasseso Sack Luncho Snacks for the dayo Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+TECHNICAL GEARo Climbing Helmet- UIAA approved onlyo Climbing Harnesso Locking Biners (2) - (1) large HMS Style and (1) Regular Lockero Belay DeviceOPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participateo Belay Jacket - down or synthetic (Men's, Women's)o Rain Jacket – weather dependant (Men's, Women's)o Daisy Chain - nylon or spectrao Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!o Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works wellGROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGSo Technical Group Gear (ropes, slings, quick draws)o Group 1st Aid Kit
Mount Baker Summit ClimbMount Baker is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the West Coast. Climbing this technically moderate 10780 foot peak can be done as an overnight trip! We will be climbing up the entertaining Coleman-Deming Glacier route.Just give us a call at 425 888 6397 ext. 2 to make a private arrangement if the proposed dates don't work with your schedule.
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