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Course Locations: June 9 through September 9 at Idyllwild
All other dates at Joshua Tree National Park

ONE DAY COURSES

Students enjoying our Basic Rock Climbing course.

Basic Rock Climbing class at Joshua Tree.

BASIC ROCK CLIMBING

If you have never done any climbing, or need a refresher, here's where to start. This is an introduction to the world of rock climbing with an emphasis on safety and fun. The class covers the absolute essentials for climbing steep rock and is a valuable course for those wishing to pursue mountaineering. Course itinerary: equipment, knots, anchoring, belaying, communication signals, rating system, climbing techniques, and rappelling. Classes are taught on low-angle, moderate rock suitable for novices.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 3
Summer 2014 (Idyllwild): June 21, July 5, August 2, 30, September 1 (Monday)
$145


Figure 8 Knot

Figure Eight knot.

INTERMEDIATE ONE

After reviewing fundamentals (knots, anchoring, and belaying) you'll complete a progression of climbs where a broad range of more challenging climbing techniques are encountered, from the subtleties of edging and smearing used in face climbing, to jamming and liebacking used in crack climbing. Protected by a top-rope, each student is given personalized coaching and is allowed to progress to the limit of their ability. This class also includes an introduction to anchoring fundamentals using nuts and camming devices.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 4
Summer 2014 (Idyllwild): June 22, July 6, August 3, 31
$145


Klemheist knot

You'll learn the Klemheist knot in our Rescue One class.

RESCUE ONE

This class provides you with the essentials to perform basic self rescue skills for you and your partner. The itinerary includes: friction hitches for slings and cord, improvised rope ascension, backing up rappels with an auto block knot, how to rescue a fallen climber using an auto-locking (ie. Gri-Gri) device, lowering system with a re-directed auto-locking device, lowering system with a munter hitch backed-up with an auto block knot, the tandem rappel system, and the basic 3 to 1 "Z" raising system with an auto-locking device.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 9
$155


Rescue Two Class, Joshua Tree

Practicing the rescue of a fallen climber, Rescue Two class at Joshua Tree.

RESCUE TWO

This class teaches you the more complex rescue systems that must be accomplished without the aid of an auto-locking (ie. Gri Gri) device. The itinerary includes: the belay escape, how to rescue a fallen lead climber, rigging a 3 to 1 and 5 to 1 raising system, and lowering systems with a knot pass.

Prerequisite: Rescue One or equivalent.
Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 19
$155



TWO-DAY COURSES

Two Day Rock Climbing

Lisa Lafortune enjoying her rock climbing class at Joshua Tree. Photo by Hoan Dolinh.

2-DAY ROCKCRAFT SEMINAR

Our most popular beginner's course, this seminar combines Basic Rock Climbing on Saturday with Intermediate One on Sunday, allowing you to maximize your learning capacity during one weekend.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 3-4
Summer 2014 (Idyllwild): June 21 - 22, July 5 - 6, August 2 - 3, August 30 - 31
$290


Stopper

The stopper is one of the most common rock climbing anchors.

2-DAY ANCHORING & CLIMBING

This two-day course, combining anchoring and climbing skills, is the next step after the Rockcraft Seminar and the perfect course for the experienced indoor gym climber or sport climber who wishes to learn "trad" or traditional climbing techniques. Each day is a balance of time spent working with equipment and time spent on the rock improving climbing technique. You'll have "hands-on" practice assembling and rigging a variety of anchor systems with critique from your guide, and you'll work on refining crack and face climbing techniques. Course includes: lecture on equipment characteristics and specifications, detailed placement criteria and assessment for nuts and camming devices, top-rope anchoring principals and equalization methods using slings and cordellettes, and use of extension ropes for rigging top-rope anchors.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 26-27, May 5-6, 24-25
Summer 2014 (Idyllwild): June 28 - 29, July 26 - 27, August 16 - 17, September 6 - 7
$290 (each day can also be taken separately for $145/day)


Rack

The "rack" is the complete assortment of rock climbing gear carried by the leader.

2-DAY LEADING

This two-day class focuses on leading fundamentals. You'll learn what it takes to become a competent leader: confidence in technique and ability to place reliable protection and sound anchors. You'll practice placement and removal of all the various state-of-the-art protection devices, with pointers from your guide, and, under close supervision, and top-rope protection, you will execute simulated lead climbs. Placing gear on the lead, use of slings to reduce rope drag, proper carabiner clip-ins and alignment, belaying strategies and rope management for multi-pitch climbs, and route finding skills are among the topics covered. Limited to three students maximum.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 28-29, May 7-8, 17-18
Summer 2014 (Idyllwild): July 19 - 20, August 9 - 10
$310 (limited to 3 students)


Two Day Rescue Class at Idyllwild

Students practicing rescue techniques during our Rescue class at Idyllwild.

2-DAY RESCUE CLASS

Combines Rescue One and Rescue Two for a comprehensive self-rescue class that covers virtually every scenario you may encounter while climbing.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 18-19
$310


2-DAY CRACK CLIMBING TECHNIQUE with Erik Kramer-Webb

Crack climbing at Indian Creek

Crack climbing connoisseur Erik Kramer-Webb at Indian Creek.

Joshua Tree is the perfect place to improve your crack climbing skills. In this two day class you will learn the techniques required to climb a wide variety of crack sizes, including: thin cracks, hand cracks, off widths, chimneys, dihedrals, and flaring cracks. Erik will set up top ropes on crack climbs mostly in the 5.6 to 5.9 range. The skills covered in the class will include: finger locks, ring locks, hand jams, fist jams, hand stacks, arm bars, chicken wings, toe jams, foot jams, heel-toe jams, foot stacks, stemming, laybacking, and the undercling technique.
In addition we will explore topics such as:

  • Hand taping methods.
  • When is it better to jam and when is it better to layback?
  • When is stemming the best option?
  • Is it better to jam with thumbs down or thumbs up?
  • Should you rest with elbows bent or elbows straight?
  • Should you lock off low or high when placing or cleaning protection?
  • Mixed crack and face routes.
  • How does rock type influence technique? (i.e. granite vs. sandstone vs. basalt, etc)
  • Training tips.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 10-11
$370 (limited to 2 students)



MULTI-DAY PACKAGES

Trad climbing at Joshua Tree

Terri Condon leading a trad route at Joshua Tree.

3-DAY LEADING & RESCUE

Combine the 2-Day Leading with Rescue One for a comprehensive three-day leader's class.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 7-9
$465


Camming Device

The spring loaded camming device is one of the most useful anchoring devices for rock climbing.

4-DAY ROCKCRAFT

Our most comprehensive beginning seminar combines the 2-Day Rockcraft Seminar with the 2-Day Anchoring & Climbing. Climbing on consecutive days in the best way to refine technique and quickly progress.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 24-27, May 3-6
$580


Leader's Rack

Leader's rack.

4-DAY LEADING & RESCUE

Combine the 2-Day Leading with the 2-Day Rescue class for a comprehensive four-day class.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 16-19
$620


Hex Placement

Hex placement.

4-DAY ANCHORING & LEADING

Start with the 2-Day Anchoring & Climbing then continue with the 2-Day Leading for a thorough course covering everything from rigging top-rope anchors to the fundamentals of Lead Climbing.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): April 14-17, 26-29
$595


The Vampire

Angelina Kalianda leading The Vampire, a 5.11 rock climb on Tahquitz Rock. Photo by Tony Grice.

5-DAY ANCHORING, LEADING & RESCUE

Combine the 4-Day Anchoring & Leading with Rescue One on day five for our most comprehensive course.

Winter/Spring 2014 (Joshua Tree): May 5-9
$755



ADVANCED COURSES

Aid Climbing

Big Wall student Michelle Kemmer practicing aid climbing technique on The Pirate at Suicide Rock.

BIG WALL SEMINAR

This two-day course teaches the famed "Yosemite Method" of direct aid climbing, useful to anyone who aspires to climb the big walls. Stressing simplicity and safety, we'll cover various types of direct aid placements, jumarring techniques, leading and cleaning aid pitches, establishing hanging belays, hauling heavy loads, tension-traverses and pendulums. Taught by a veteran Yosemite Big Wall climber, this seminar will save you valuable time and reduce the frustration involved in learning the secrets of big wall climbing.

By appointment, per day, one person:

$345

Two people:

$185 each

Three people:

$155 each


Astroturf, Joshua Tree

Peter Croft leading Astroturf (5.10 R) on the North Astro Dome at Joshua Tree National Park.

PETER CROFT AND BOB GAINES JOSHUA TREE ROCK CLIMBING WEEKEND

Peter Croft is one of America's legendary rock climbers, and Bob Gaines is one of Joshua Tree's most experienced guides, with over twenty seasons guiding at Joshua Tree National Park. Bob's route knowledge and selection skills, combined with Peter's expert coaching ability, will give you the ideal environment to break through to your next level. Designed for experienced rock climbers with ability to follow 5.10 routes, everyone is guaranteed a challenge. Join Peter and Bob for a memorable weekend of Joshua Tree's classic rock climbs.

Winter/Spring 2014: April 19 - 20
$325


PETER CROFT SPORTCLIMBING AT OWENS GORGE

Peter Croft is now offering private instruction and guided climbs at Owens Gorge. Located near Bishop, California, the Gorge has over 500 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13, so everyone is guaranteed a challenge. Join Peter for an unforgettable tour of California's finest sport climbing area.

Contact us for pricing and availability.

TECHNICAL TRAINING

We have designed more technically oriented courses for a variety of police, military, and search and rescue groups, including: L.A.P.D. K9 search and rescue, Palm Springs Search and Rescue, F.B.I., U.S. Navy Seals, Marine Force Recon, and Delta Force.

STUNT COORDINATION

We have coordinated over 25 television commercials featuring rock climbing. We can provide location scouting, casting, rigging, and stunt coordination services. Contact us for a detailed resume.


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