Monthly
Dates
Mount Erie, Index, and Frenchmans Coulee WA;
Location
8 Hours
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Advanced
Skill Level

This course is designed for the sport climber who wants to expand their climbing skill-sets to include traditional climbing practices and the traditional climber who wants professional instruction and feedback to add techniques to their repertoire.

The outcomes of this course are 1. feeling comfortable building traditional anchors, 2. mock-leading and/or leading single pitch climbs, and 3. constructing anchors when accessed from above.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES This is an advanced level rock climbing course. Any previous climbing knowledge will enhance your experience, and we request that you have a solid foundation in sport climbing at a minimum.
We recommend you have completed Rock Climbing: Beginner and Rock Climbing: Intermediate, or possess equivalent experience before registering for Rock Climbing: Advanced.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Placing traditional protection (passive and active)
Constructing multi-point, EARNEST anchors
Belay technique
Belaying from above with an auto-locking or assisted breaking device
Constructing anchors when accessing from below and above
INCLUDED 8 hours expert instruction
Kaf Resources
Static rope
Climbing Rope
Anchor materials
Traditional climbing rack (active and passive)
Mock-leading practice
NOT INCLUDED Transportation
Lunch
Personal clothing
Climbing shoes
Harness
Helmet
EQUIPMENT Kaf will provide what is listed above.
Please bring your own personal climbing gear, and rack if you have it. This course will give you invaluable time to practice with your own gear.
You are responsible for clothes that will be comfortable while climbing in all conditions for 8 hours.
Please bring your own climbing shoes.
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants. The course is scheduled to run from 9:00am-5:00pm.
WHAT’S NEXT? Once you’ve learned the basics, take the next step in your rock climbing journey and join Kaf for our Mountaineering: Advanced or Alpine Climbing: Advanced course.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something.
You can find our custom rates here.

 

This course will be held at either Mount Erie, The Exits, Tieton, or Frenchman Coulee in Washington, or Broughton Bluff and Smith Rock State Park in Oregon.

Rock Climbing: Advanced is the final course in our Rock Climbing progression. It incorporates skills from Rock Climbing: Beginner and Rock Climbing: Intermediate. Please reference those courses to assess your own skills when choosing a course.

This single day, 8 hour course, will begin in the morning at a pre-determined location, coordinated through email.

Your instructor will facilitate a lesson on placing removable, traditional climbing protection, such as cams and nuts, and give you feedback as you place your own gear. After a solid understanding of these tools is reached, they will develop your conceptual understanding of complex EARNEST anchor construction. Then you will have time to practice making your own anchors.

Part of complex anchor construction is understanding the BHK, or Big Honkin’ Knot. Your instructor will cover this in detail while teaching you about anchors.

At some point during the day they will allow you the opportunity to practice placing gear while climbing, during a mock-leading scenario. During this time they will evaluate your movement and gear placements, giving you the feedback you need to hone your decision making skills when leading crack climbs.

Another large part of the course is knowing how to belay from above with an auto-locking device or an assisted breaking device, when you have one climber following your lead. Your instructor will demonstrate this skill and allow you time to practice.

At roughly 5:00pm, the course will conclude with a closing. You can plan on being home for dinner that night.

Mount Erie, Index, Tieton, or Frenchman Coulee, WA
Broughton Bluff or Smith Rock State Park, OR

Washington Dates
30 April
21 May
18 June
30 July
20 August
10 September
15 October

Oregon Dates
16 April
14 May
25 June
30 July
27 August
1 Oct
29 October

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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.