New rock climbers often believe that climbing requires unusual upper body strength. In this course we demonstrate that good rock climbers have generally refined their rock climbing skill to the point where they have perfected their footwork, energy conservation, weight transfer, and balance, allowing them to move smoothly up difficult rock climbs. This course provides a starting point for new rock climbers, climbers that only climb in climbing gyms, or family or corporate groups looking for a fun day spent together in a beautiful place. This program in Icicle Creek Canyon, located about 10 minutes from downtown Leavenworth.
We begin the day with a safety discussion highlighting the hazards present at a given rock climbing area. Your guide then shows you how to put on your climbing harness and helmet. We like to put people on the rock early in the program, using a climbing top-rope, so that new climbers can immediately get a feel for some of the basic movement concepts involved in climbing rock. You will learn to tie a figure eight knot, how to belay, and how to rappel. The flow of the day combines actual climbing interspersed with a review of the different techniques and skills needed to manage risk and maximize your climbing ability. You will be exposed to various types of climbing including crack climbing, face climbing, and slab (friction) climbing. You will also learn how to use equipment such as locking carabiners, belay-rappel devices, and climbing helmets. We will also discuss differences between sport and trad (traditional) climbing and explain climbing ratings.
For this basic rock climbing course you need no previous experience and very little equipment other than comfortable clothing, water, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure. We provide your climbing helmet and harness as well as all the climbing equipment needed for this program.
- Belaying top-roped climbs
- Belaying a lead climber
- Hazards of the outdoor crag
- Anchoring the Belayer
- Basic Crack Climbing Technique
- Basic Face Climbing Technique
- Basic Offwidth Technique
- Tying into the Climbing Harness
- Sport Climbing vs. Trad Climbing
- Belay Signals and Communications
- Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic
- Introduction to Lead Climbing
- Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing
- Improvised Rock Rescue Program
We have offered this as a scheduled program each weekend on alternate Saturday and Sundays. We also schedule custom courses based on availability, so call if you are interested. It is often possible to schedule courses at the last minute, but you should try to call well advance of your chosen date so that we can request access with the US Forest Service and be sure there is a guide available.
here. Once you have completed your application you can make your deposit or full payment here. It is best to call our office at 509-548-5823 to make sure that space is available on your selected program. Space is allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.