This course is designed for the climber who knows the technical skills of leading trad but is looking to learn tips and tricks to tackle more difficult climbs.
Leading trad routes is a creative endeavor. You get to choose when to place gear, when to run it out, what gear to use. It’s an incredibly mental game and as you find yourself wanting to climb more difficult routes, the mental game gets even tougher than the physical challenge. You have to assess when it’s too dangerous for you to continue climbing or if you’re comfortable exposing yourself to a 15’ fall as you move through milder terrain. These are tough decisions to make as a budding trad climber and it’s good to have some guidance. That’s where we come in! Over the two days our instructor Lizzy VanPatten will help you choose a climbing project at Smith Rock State Park and then work with you to develop movement and mental techniques to progress toward sending the climb.
Climber Requirements: Prior to this course you must know how to effectively place trad climbing gear, both active and passive, have experience leading at least 15 trad routes (any grade), and be able to lead a 5.7 trad route without taking or falling.
Meet your instructor, Lizzy VanPatten, at Smith Rock State Park at 8:30 am
Climbing assessment to choose an appropriate route to project
Top rope the climb to get the movement down
Mock lead the climb to pair the movement with gear placement
Attempt the climb on lead (if ready as decided by your instructor)
Discussion of lead climbing strategies, both physical and mental
Camp at Smith Rock State Park
Build upon skills taught on day one
COST AND DETAILS
Maximum Class Size: Three climbers
Minimum Enrollment: 2
Climber Requirements: Effectively place trad climbing gear, both active and passive, have experience leading at least 15 trad routes (any grade), and be able to lead a 5.7 trad route without taking or falling.
Cost Inclusions and Exclusions
Inclusions: Included in the course cost is all climbing gear, climbing permits, and the guide fee.
Exclusions: Not included in the course cost is gratuities to guide, transportation, lodging/camping fees, meals while on the course, or travel insurance.