Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques

If you're already dialed at sport climbing but want to take your climbing to the next level, it's time to learn how to trad climb! Trad climbing will open up your world of climbing opportunities and you'll be able to start exploring routes without relying on previously installed bolts. This course will teach you how to properly place gear (cams, nuts), how to clean gear, how to trust your gear, and how to build trad anchors.
Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques

Take your outdoor rock climbing to the next level with our Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques course!

In this course we will cover the following:

  • Types of gear and when to use
  • Gear Placement (as a leader)
  • Gear Cleaning (as a follower)
  • Trad Anchors
  • Trusting Your Gear

Max client to guide ratio is 6:1

Requisite Experience

Basic sport climbing experience including sport anchor building, rappelling, and belaying.

       

        Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
        Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
        Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
        Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
        Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques
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        Dates

        Available Dates

        May 14, 2022
        May 15, 2022
        May 21, 2022
        May 22, 2022
        May 28, 2022
        May 29, 2022
        May 30, 2022
        June 4, 2022
        June 5, 2022
        June 11, 2022
        June 12, 2022
        June 18, 2022
        June 19, 2022
        June 25, 2022
        July 2, 2022
        July 3, 2022
        July 10, 2022
        July 16, 2022
        July 17, 2022
        July 23, 2022
        July 24, 2022
        July 30, 2022
        July 31, 2022
        August 6, 2022
        August 7, 2022
        August 13, 2022
        August 14, 2022
        August 20, 2022
        August 21, 2022
        August 27, 2022
        August 28, 2022
        September 3, 2022
        September 4, 2022
        September 10, 2022
        September 11, 2022
        September 17, 2022
        September 18, 2022
        September 24, 2022
        September 25, 2022

        Prices

        Refer to overview page

        Itinerary

        Meet at 8AM and spend a full day learning about various trad climbing techniques!

        Equipment

        Gear Guide - Intro to Trad Climbing Techniques

        Gear Guide / Packing List


         

        Technical Gear

        • Helmet, UIAA/CE approved for climbing, Petzl Scirocco
        • Harness with belay loop, UIAA/CE approved for climbing, Petzl Hirundos
        • Climbing Shoes 
        • Approach Shoes (optional, bring if you have them)
        • Nut Tool, for removing nuts/stoppers 
        • Non-locking Carabiners, 5 carabiners
        • Locking Carabiners, 5 carabiners
        • Belay Device, Tube style belay device, Petzl Reverso, BD ATC Guide
        • Assisted Braking Device, ABD style belay device,  Petzl “GriGri” 
        • 1 Prusik loop, fixed 4’ loop of 6mm nylon cord or purpose built loop like Sterling “Hollow Block”
        • 1 Cordelette, 20’, 7mm nylon cord or 5.9mm Sterling PowerCord
        • Double Length Sewn Runner, Black Diamond 18mm Nylon Runners 120cm

        Rope, Rack, and Draws (If you don’t have these, please reach out to your guide)

        • Rope, One 60-70m "single" dynamic rope (optional)
        • Rack, A lead climbing rack (Cams, stoppers/nuts, tri-cams, etc.)
        • Draws, A set of 10-12 standard or alpine draws

        Head and Neck Items

        • Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat
        • Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses
        • Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet

        Upper Body and Hand Layers (Depending on Weather)

        • Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody
        • Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layer; Patagonia R1 & Nano Air
        • Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
        • Softshell Jacket, Hooded – Weather resistant but breathable, not insulated or waterproof
        • Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for cool temps
        • Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic

        Lower Body and Foot Layers

        • Underwear - Wool/Synthetic
        • Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata
        • Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”;  Patagonia Capilene Air
        • Softshell Climbing Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants - Marmot Scree Pants

        Food and Water

        • Water for a full day of climbing
        • Snacks  for a full day of climbing

        Other Essentials

        • Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
        • Lip Balm (with SPF)

        Group Gear

        Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply the following group gear for the trip, including:

        • Guide’s First Aid Kits
        • Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)
        • Climbing Ropes
        • Hardware for anchors
        • Lead climbing rack (cams & stoppers)
        • Draws and/or Alpine Draws

         

         

        Know Before You Go

        Location

        Donner Summit, CA

        Elevation

        7,000-8,000'

        Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

        This course has requisite climbing experience

        Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

        We will be doing some rock climbing during this course

        Trip Length

        1 day

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