Easy transition to outdoor climbing

easy transition to outdoor climbing

Clinics will be held in different locations, based on our service areas. Add RCED to your favorites, to check upcoming events and updates. Find out more and how to Register!

All clinics will include general information and things to take into consideration when in the outdoors environment; plus a more detailed breakdown of the proper gear to use, when/how to use it and safety.

  • CLINIC 1 – CLIMBING THE CRAG, TOP-ROPE CLIMBING, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY 
  • CLINIC 2 – CLIMBING TECHNIQUE AND MOVING ON WALLS
  • CLINIC 3 – KNOTS FOR CLIMBING AND ANCHORS, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY
  • CLINIC 4 – PRINCIPLES OF ANCHOR BUILDING, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY
  • CLINIC 5 – SPORT CLIMBING, LEAD CLIMBING, CLIPPING, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY
  • CLINIC 6 – CLEANING ROUTES, RAPPELLING, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY
  • CLINIC 7 – TRAD CLIMBING, GEAR PLACEMENT, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY
  • CLINIC 8 – BASIC SELF-RESCUE CLINIC, BASIC GEAR AND SAFETY

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL CLINICS: Prior rope-climbing experience and gear required, which is listed below each clinic.

Clinic 1 – Climbing the crag, top-rope climbing, basic gear and safety We are setting up several top-ropes for everyone, running tie-in and belay test to ensure safety, going over basic gear needed and how it is used. Throughout the day, we will have several discussions on fundamentals and differences between indoor and outdoor climbing. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet.

Clinic 2 – Climbing technique and moving on walls We are setting up top-ropes for everyone, running tie-in and belay test to ensure safety. Clinic will focus on climbing technique and tips to help you become a better climber. We will be climbing all day, while practicing correct use of techniques learned. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet.

Clinic 3 – Knots for climbing and anchors, basic gear and safety During the first half of the day, we will be practicing knots that can be used for climbing, anchor building, ground anchoring, protecting and friction. Then we will move on to using them on different scenarios/formations. If time allows, we will set up top-ropes for everyone, running tie-in and belay test to ensure safety and climb the rest of the day. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), 4 foot 5mm cord, 20 foot 7mm nylon cord, two 48″ nylon runners, 6 or more locking carabiners, climbing rope.

Clinic 4 – Principles of anchor building, basic gear and safety Clinic’s main focus points are; safe anchor building, accessing the formation, what to use, what anchors to choose, etc. We will be building anchors and breaking them apart. We will discuss bolted, natural and pro anchors. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet, 4 foot 5-6mm nylon cord, 20 foot 7mm nylon cord, assorted 24″ and 48″ runners, 6 or more locking carabiners.

Clinic 5 – Sport climbing, lead climbing, clipping, basic gear and safety We are setting up top-ropes for everyone, running tie-in and belay test to ensure safety. We will be addressing fundamentals and risk involved in lead climbing, differences between indoor and outdoor lead climbing, proper clipping techniques and practicing mock leads all day. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet, quick draws (10 or more), climbing rope.

Clinic 6 – Cleaning routes, rappelling, basic gear and safety Clinic will focus on cleaning top-ropes and address difference scenarios you will encounter when doing so outdoors. We will review gear needed and how to keep yourself safe while cleaning. You are not required to lead routes to be able to clean them, so this clinic offers great benefit to climbers of all levels. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet, 4 foot 5mm cord, two 48″ nylon runners, 4 or more locking carabiners.

Clinic 7 – Trad climbing, gear placement, basic gear and safety We are setting up several top-ropes for everyone, running tie-in and belay test to ensure safety, going over basic gear needed and how it is used. During the day, we will have several discussions on fundamentals and differences between indoor and outdoor climbing. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet, trad rack, 4 foot 5mm cord, 20 foot 7mm nylon cord, assorted 24″ and 48″ runners, 6 or more locking carabiners, 10 or more non-locking carabiners.

Clinic 8 – Basic Self-Rescue Clinic, basic gear and safety We are setting up top-ropes for everyone, running tie-in and belay test to ensure safety. We will be switching belays, creating scenarios in which a climber or belayer would need help, assisting a climber from below or above, and much more. Gear required: Harness, climbing shoes, break assisted belay device (such as Petzl, GriGri or Trango Cinch), belay locking carabiner (HMS), helmet, 4 foot 5mm cord, two 48″ nylon runners, 6 or more locking carabiners.

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