If you're new to rock climbing, our intro course is the perfect place to get your first taste of this great sport. Whether you've never climbed before, or you're an experienced gym climber looking to make the transtiion to outdoor cragging, the intro course is the perfect place to start your climbing apprenticeship. This course is normally conducted at either Cathedral or Whitehorse Ledges, and all needed equipment is provided by Synnott Mountain Guides at no additional cost
We meet in the parking area near the kiosk at the base of Cathedral Ledge at 8am. After getting outfitted with rock shoes, chalk bags, harnesses, belay devices and helmets, we'll proceed to a spot called the "classroom." Here I'll introduce you to some fundamental climbing concepts including how to tie in, belays, and other ropework. On some small slabs we'll practice smearing, edging and other foot techniques, as well as some basic finger and hand jamming in cracks. Next you'll get some instruction in multi-pitch climbing techniques such as attaching yourself to the anchor, stacking ropes, and protection removal.
After practicing some of these basic techniques in the morning, we break for a quick lunch, then drop off the backside for an ascent of Upper Refuse, a two pitch 5.5 climb that ascends a prominent ramp system in the middle of Cathedral's Upper left wall. Upper Refuse is a perfect place to put your newly acquired techniques to work. Never vertical, the climb has excellent hand and footholds the entire way. The belay ledges are spacious and comfortable and the exposure is never overwhelming.
The climb ends with us climbing over the fence at the top of the cliff where we'll more than likely greet the usual throng who will ask you questions like: "How do you get the rope up there?"
This course can be taken as one, two, three... even five days. On multi-day courses, subsequent days will be spent tackling longer and slightly more difficult climbs at Cathedral Ledge such as Thin Air (4 pitches, 5.6), Fun House (3 pitches, 5.7), and Bombardment (2 pitches, 5.8). We can also explore some of the classic routes at Whitehorse Ledge, like Standard Route (6 pitches, 5.7), and Beginners Route (5 pitches, 5.7), both of which offer upwards of 800 feet of climbing. As you progress as a climber we'll introduce new and more challenging techniques, while always keeping it fun and safe.
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