Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

Overview

Climbers enjoy the rock climbing and the views at Mount Erie.

Climbers enjoy the rock climbing and the views at Mount Erie.
Jason Martin

The Beginning Rock Climbing course is designed for individuals who have little to no experience in outdoor rock climbing. The objective the Level 1 and Level 2 course is to give participants the skills they need to feel comfortable climbing with experienced friends or to pass a rock gym belayer's test.

In this course, participants will learn how to belay, rappel, and rock climb in a beginner environment on easy to moderate terrain. Instruction begins with an introduction to the design, use, and care of climbing equipment and continues with thorough consideration of the procedures required for top-rope belayed climbing. Then working from fundamentals on balance and posture, the instruction addresses the application of natural hand and foot positions on moderate ground. As we gradually move on to more challenging terrain, we introduce additional hand, foot, and body positions to begin developing a complete repertoire of roped free climbing techniques for each climber.

This program is run at Mount Erie, which is a great place for first time rock climbers. Located on the top of a large bluff overlooking the San Juan Islands and Pacific Ocean, the views are stunning while the exposure factors are not too high. There is an abundance of short, friendly beginner routes and plenty of options for those who advance quickly.

Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

Curriculum

Level 1:

  • Introduction to equipment: design, care, use, and selection
  • Knots and tie-ins
  • Hand and foot positions for easy to moderate climbing routes

 

Level 2:

  • Introduction to anchors and belays
  • Development of full repertoire of free climbing technique for moderate ground
  • rappelling

 

Climbing at Mount Erie is a great way to spend a weekend with friends.

Climbing at Mount Erie is a great way to spend a weekend with friends.
Jason Martin

Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

Dates

Summer 2018

Level 1: Saturdays Level 2: Sundays  Locations*
Jun 02

Jun 03

 Leavenworth, WA

Jun 30

Jul 01

 Mt. Erie, WA
Aug 04

Aug 05

 Squamish, BC**
Aug 18

Aug 19

 Mt. Erie, WA
Sep 08

Sep 09

 Leavenworth, WA

 

* This course is available in other locations, but it must either be ran in conjunction with our 4-day Outdoor Rock Intensive Introduction or it must be at the private rate.

** All participants in Squamish-based courses must first rendezvous at the AAI Offices in Bellingham and the group must cross the border together. We can not meet climbers in Squamish.

Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

Cost and Details

$145 (min of 3 participants)

Max Ratio - 6:1 (Climber:Guide)

Capacity - 12

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Equipment

Many individuals do not have the prerequisite helmet, rock shoes and harness that are required for this course. We will provide any or all of these required items for $15. Please inform the office as to equipment needs and sizes prior to arrival at Mount Erie.

Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

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