Rock Climbing Self Sufficiency week


This week long program is designed to help someone quickly accelerate the learning curve of becoming a self-suffienicent rock climber. Designed for those with enough rock climbing experience to know they want to be able to do it without a guide, this week long program will pay dividends through the ability to go and independently rock climb at most single pitch crags. The focus of the 5 days is time spent practicing knowledge and skills that will enable you to top rope and lead sport climbs outdoors. 

Learning outcomes include:

  • Mastery understanding of basic rock climbing knots and gear 
  • Mastery of lead belay techniques in a sport climbing setting
  • Developing experience of safely setting up top ropes using natural anchors and bolted anchors
  • Developing experience and understanding of rappel techniques
  • Developing experience and understanding of leading sport climbs
  • Mastery of cleaning bolted anchors 

*The goal of this program is for someone to be able to enter it with limited rock climbing experience, and by the end of it, be able to go confidently top rope climbing or single pitch sport climbing with partners of equal or greater ability 

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Price: $1250/person 

Program Length: 5 days

Dates: May 5-9, September 15-19  Custom dates available if you have a group 

Location: Boulder, Colorado; Squamish, Bc; Smith Rock, OR, The gunks, NY

Max Ratio 6:1, Minimum Ratio 2:1


  • Eagerness and motivation to become a rock climber
  • Some limited experience rock climbing, indoor or outdoor

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Whats included:

  • 5 days of instruction from an IFMGA licensed mountain guide and avid rock climber 
  • Group Gear 
  • Park Entrance fees if applicable

What to expect:

Day 1: Meet and greet. Discuss risk management, perform gear check and chat about basic gear choice. Travel to a nearby crag to cover basics of single pitch venue management. 

Day 2: Morning instruction session on anchoring principles. Spend the afternoon building and critiquing natural top rope anchors and climbing on group's anchors. 

Day 3: Instruction session on sport leading basics. Mock lead several sport pitches, working towards a live lead climb if appropriate.

Day 4: Instruction on cleaning 2 bolt anchors. Session on lowering and rappelling. Practice falling. 

Day 5: Capstone day. Participants lead a trip to a local crag. While we are there we will climb to your hearts content applying all of the knowledge gained throughout the week and covering any material that we missed!