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Guiding & Climbing InstructionWhether you're a beginner or have been climbing for 30 years, you can always learn something to make you a better climber.
I offer periodic group courses and will post the schedule on this page. This allows me to keep the classes affordable. Class size is limited to six people most of these classes. Simply contact me using the link above to register. At this time I am not providing private instruction, but I would be happy to refer to guiding companies that are able to do this.
Upcoming self rescue courses:
May 18th - Self Rescue 1 (Self Rescue for Mulitipitch Climbing). Learn fundamental skills that are essential for efficient self-rescue on multipitch terrain. Participants should have some multipitch climbing experience. Class size limited to six participants. Location: Mount Lemmon. Cost: $50. CLASS FULL - EMAIL ME TO GET ON A WAITING LIST.
June 14th - Self Rescue 1 (Self Rescue for Mulitipitch Climbing). Learn fundamental skills that are essential for efficient self-rescue on multipitch terrain. Participants should have some multipitch climbing experience. Class size limited to six participants. Location: Mount Lemmon. Cost: $50. CLASS FULL - EMAIL ME TO GET ON A WAITING LIST.
Upcoming climbing courses:
Self Rescue 2 - Review fundamental skills from Self Rescue 1 and learn additional skills for efficient self-rescue on multipitch terrain. Class size limited to six participants. Dates TBA.
Traditional Climbing 1 & 2 - Two classes for those with sport climbing experience who want to expand their skills to multipitch traditional climbing. Dates TBA.
Why hire a guide?
Instruction for Beginning ClimbersFor the beginning climber, learning the right techniques can save hours of frustration, help avoid dangerous situations, and reduce the chances of getting hurt. Some folks rely on friends to teach them these skills. Others seek professional instruction. There is a clear difference between beginners who learned from a professional and those who learn from their friends.
Learning to make placements, lead, build anchors, belay, route find, rescue, and manage time, rope, and transitions are critical to climb safely and efficiently. Teaching these skills requires a completely sound knowledge base, a logical approach to teaching, and a massive amount of experience. Very few recreational climbers possess these qualifications. A certified guide, however, has undergone rigorous training and examination to demonstrate competence in both climbing and instruction.
Instruction for Advanced ClimbersEven for people who have been climbing for years, there is always something to learn. I have been climbing since 1997 and have watched thousands of people climb. A few of them have been excellent - great movement skills, a wide array of technical skills, and a good sense of when to apply them. Most, however, have weaknesses that are slowing them down, limiting what they can climb, placing them at increased risk, or just making their climbing less enjoyable.
I put together a quick self-test below. These questions are geared toward traditional multipitch climbing, but many of the skills are applicable in all types of climbing.
Honestly ask yourself these questions:
You might be asking if you really need to learn all of this. My answer: the more you know, and the greater your experiences, the more fun you can safely have. In climbing, greater skill leads to greater adventures.
Guided climbing for beginning or advanced climbersOf course, guides are not only good for instruction. Ever been to a great climbing area for only a day or two? Or have you been eyeing up a remote, challenging climb but need help getting to the top? In either case, a guide is just the right person to help.
For further information contact me using the contact link above.