Every aspect of our instruction and guiding is built upon high standards of safety and accomplishment, and stresses an intelligent approach, which tremendously enhances any experience. From the logistical side, climbing requires a mastery of various techniques, creativity, and a great deal of actual climbing time. It is important to consider a person’s climbing goals during these sessions.
Topics covered in this course include knots, design and proper use (and misuse) of equipment, the art of moving efficiently over steep rock, basic belaying techniques, the tenets of anchor building and various rappelling methods. Upon completion of this course you should be a reasonable and confident ‘second’ for an experienced leader.
Day 1 (or a single day) is based upon the safe foundations of climbing. This covers fundamentals such as knots, ropes, harness use, safety checks and back-up systems. Once complete, we climb face and crack climbs ranging from beginner to intermediate levels. Various climbing techniques are demonstrated and discussed.
Day 2 begins with a review of the previously covered safety procedures and then we continue climbing. During the day, each client will be given the opportunity to rappel and learn the basics of anchoring. All of these skills will prepare the individual for future rock climbing, built upon a foundation of safe techniques.
* No climbing experience required
* Moderate physical fitness
Location and Time
Our courses take place in both indoor and outdoor classrooms according to subject matter and weather. We instruct in various locations in Switzerland, France, Italy and other locations according to the course and objectives. A full day course is conducted during about an eight hour period (occasionally more) and a half-day course lasts about four hours.
* proper use of the equipment, i.e. shoes, harness, helmet, ropes, carabiners, slings and other devices and equipment
* fundamental climbing knots
* standards of communication and terminology
* basic rock climbing movement, footwork, hand use, etc.
* fundamental components of the climber's safety system: anchors, belay and back-up systems
* practicing safe belaying methods
* development of climbing efficiency and situation awareness
Your Gear and Equipment List:
* Comfortable athletic clothing appropriate for the current weather conditions. You should be ready for the possibility of rain
* Rock climbing shoes (*available on request)
* Sunglasses and sunscreen, lib balm, etc.
* Water bottles (minimum of 2 with a capacity of 1 liter each) or water hydration system
* Lunch and snacks
* Comfortable approach (hiking) shoes (sandals not recommended)
* Day pack to carry everything in
* Camera (optional but highly recommended)
GuideSource provides: professional instruction, an appropriate climbing environment, all technical climbing equipment including harness, helmet, ropes, protection devices, etc.
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