My advanced class is for intermediate to expert climbers who have already completed their initial apprenticeship. Perhaps you're a 5.10 climber looking to break into 5.11, or a 5.11 climber looking to break into 5.12. We will discuss your goals and aspirations as a climber and then customize a course accordingly. One thing is certain, if you have reached a plateau, it is almost certain that we can break through it. I know because I have been through every plateau myself, from 5.9 to 5.13. The key to breaking through these barriers usually has everything to do with our mental and psychological approaches to climbing. I have been continually amazed by how much we can improve simply by modifying our state of mind, expectations, or motivations.
Do you get frozen with uncertaintly and fear when you try to bust a hard move above your pro? This is a very common problem that climbers face, and one that I've dealt with myself for many years. The good news is that we have techniques for helping you to discern the difference between rational and irrational fears. We'll look carefully at protection and safety systems and we'll help you to figure out how to separate real danger from other situations where a fall is safe. If all else fails we may just get you up on a safely bolted route and have you lob off a bunch of times, gradually increasing the lengths of the falls while teaching you how to fall gracefully and safely.
In the advanced course we will seek out some of the longer and more difficult routes at Cathedral Ledge, Whitehorse Ledge and Cannon Cliff. I have guided people on traditional climbs up to 5.12, so regardless of your skill level we will have no problem finding the terrain appropriate for what you're trying to learn. The advanced course also includes instruction in the all important fine art of bailing. I have had many epic descents myself, including walls where we made nearly fifty rappels to descend, so I have many tricks in my bag to share with you.
We'll also talk extensively about training, what works and what doesn't. If you are focussed on building more physical strength (in addition to mental) I can help you to figure out a training program that fits into your lifestyle and work schedule.
Bottom line: you tell me what your goals are and we'll figure out a way to get you there. As my father always told me growing up: "Where there's a will, there's a way."
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