In this two day program, master the basic skills needed to be a competent trad climber in a single pitch environment. Discover how to identify and mitigate hazards, select appropriate equipment, place sound climbing protection for the leader and follower, belay from above and a few techniques to get yourself out of trouble.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria: Previous outdoor climbing experience, Ability to climb 5.8 on top rope outside, previous experience leading bolt protected (sport) climbs and cleaning anchors, experience rappelling, familiarity with knots and hitches relevant to single pitch climbing: figure eight, overhand on a bight, clove hitch, prussik.
Length: 2 days, 16 hours
Maximum Ratio: 4 participants, 1 guide
Minimum Age: Under 18 will need written consent from parent/guardian
- Leave No Trace Principles and Outdoor Crag Etiquette
- Knots and Hitches Review
- Gear Placement and Anchor Construction
- Route Selection
- Hazard Evaluation
- Lead Belaying
- Use of Runners and Quickdraws
- Following a Lead
- Belaying From Above
- Retreating From a Lead
- Aiding Out of Trouble
- Mock Leading Practicum
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- AMGA Trained/Certified Guide/Instructor
- Group Climbing Equipment
- Technical Hardware – carabiners, protection, belay device, etc
- Technical Softgoods – slings, cordelette, anchor rope, etc
- Personal Climbing Equipment
- Climbing Shoes
Does Not Include:
- Trip/cancellation Insurance
- Non-technical Personal Items – clothing, pack, sunglasses, etc
- Rescue Insurance
- Park Entrance Fees (if applicable)
- Guide Gratuity
- Unforeseen costs incurred outside of the control of SAI
Summit Ascents International supplies all technical climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices. We encourage you to bring your own personal climbing equipment (harness, helmet, shoes, belay device) if you have them.
-Sticky rubber approach shoes, light hiking shoes or sneakers (closed toe mandatory)
-Technical rock climbing shoes (can be provided by SAI)
-Fleece or lightweight down sweater
-Lightweight wind shell
-Water proof rain jacket
-(Optional) Sun hoody
-Cotton or synthetic climbing pants
-Water – 1 liter of water at least!
-Snacks – (approx. 800-1000 calories) sandwiches, fruit, energy bars, jerky, etc
Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.
Q:What am I responsible to bring?
A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment.
Q:How fit should I be for my course?
A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end. While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.
Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?
A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.
Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?
A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages. For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course.
Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?
A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family.
Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?
A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us.
Q: Do you offer lodging options?
A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!
Please review our cancellation policy here.
Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.