Sport Climbing 101 Express

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No time for a two-day sport climbing course? This is an abbreviated single day version of our Sport Climbing 101 course, that will set you up to practice skills on your own.

The Express course will teach you everything you need to know to start safely sport climbing outside in just one day. We will start by covering fast and efficient sport anchors, then move into lead belay techniques, rope management, clipping techniques and proper risk management.

Don’t have your own gear yet? No worries! We will provide you with all the gear needed for climbing that day.

Who is this for? This class is for motivated climbers with 6 months climbing experience, and who are capable of quickly understanding climbing systems.


     1 person = $230

     2 people = $165 per person

     3 people = $140 per person

     4 or more = $120 per person

     *Curious on pricing? Contact us to find out how many people are already registered.

 Max client to guide ratio: 4:1

Trip Length: This is a one-day course, ~8 hours. Participants are expected to make proper meal arrangements prior to the event.

2019 Fall Dates: August 31st, September 29th, October 19th, December 1st. Want more dates? With two or more students we can provide custom dates.  

Location: Pilot Mountain (August, October), Crowders Mountain (September, December). Want more locations? With two or more students we can provide teach at a location of your choice.  

Topics Covered:  

  • Best practices for choosing, placing, and clipping quickdraws
  • Easiest ways to recognize “back-stepping, back-clipping, and z-clipping”
  • Cleaning anchors and quickdraws from the route
  • Efficient body movement
  • Lead belay techniques
  • Rope management
  • Climber and belayer communication
  • Risk management
  • Leave No trace

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1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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