There is a structured logical progression that helps to develop technical skills, context and mindset for the budding climber.  Any of these programs could be booked in and of themselves, but following this path has been a proven method to achieve independence as a skilled climber or alpinist.

Why have we developed this progression?  We feel that that the apprenticeship that climbers used to have has dissolved with technological advances like the Internet (there are some great Tech Tips out there) and climbing gyms.  Climbers now arrive at the crag with physically stronger movement skills and with a bullet list of technical questions they’ve derived from the web.  What is the problem with this methodology?  It’s CONTEXT.

My methodology of Structured Progression, on rock and ice, and finally in the alpine will develop context for you, making you a stronger climber technically and movement wise.

1. Basics: Developing sound risk management habits for increased security

  • equipment selection based on goals and aspirations
  • basic rope handling skills
  • top rope climbing
  • following single pitch climbs
  • climbing movement; how to climb, don’t just go for it, strategy is important
  • rappelling
2.  Multi-pitch climbing: Global practice, develop appreciation for how climbing is done
  • following and removing hardware, and learning how it’s placed
  • begin to operate independently  with direct and then indirect supervision.  In the sense of a rope length.  How to take responsibility at the belay.
  • Multi pitch technical descents
  • developing stages of competence with unconscious competence being the goal
  • global comprehension of how ascents and descents are done.
3.  Structured Independent Practice begins with supervision and instruction
  • learn how to top rope on your own
  • independent top rope climbing on your own at your local crags
  • Self Rescue for Climbers: basics of problem solving; advanced problem solving
  • learn to lead climb, aid climb, move efficiently
4.  Tackle Larger Objectives
  • climb longer routes, harder routes
  • multi day excursions: on routes
  • Alpine objectives: real mountain climbing.



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