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

Now that you’ve got some climbing experience under your belt, this course is the perfect opportunity to graduate from indoor climber to rock climber. Learn from certified single-pitch instructors how to lead sport routes, properly belay lead climbers, access and construct anchors from above, and safely clean anchors. Leave the indoors for the rainy days and go confidently as a sport climber to explore places like the Exits, Mount Erie, and Mazama, all in your PNW backyard.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES This is an intermediate level rock climbing course. Any previous climbing knowledge will enhance your experience, and we request that you have a solid foundation of indoor climbing.
We recommend you have completed Rock Climbing: Beginner, or possess equivalent experience before registering for Rock Climbing: Intermediate.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Strength rating on climbing goods
Understanding of soft goods and hard goods
Parts of climbing shoes and pros and cons of different designs
Lead climbing belay technique
Proper clipping technique
How to catch a lead fall
Simple, two-bolt EARNEST anchor construction
Overhand knot series: knot, bite, follow-through, bend, and flat
Figure-eight knot series: knot, bite, follow-through, and bend
Hitches: girth, clove, and basket
Friction hitches: prusik, auto-block, and klemheist
Other knots: bowline and fisherman series
Safe construction of anchors when you have access from above
Proper technique for cleaning an anchor safely, and personal anchor strategies
How to rappel with an extension, and a back-up (single and double rope rappels)
INCLUDED 8 hours expert instruction
Kaf Resources
Static rope
Climbing Rope
Anchor materials
Quickdraws
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 quickdraws 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: Intermediate or Rock 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.

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

After an initial introduction and tone-set, your instructor will facilitate understanding of individual goals, as well as group goals. The instructor will then do a safety check to make sure everyone’s harness and helmet fits.

The instructor will introduce some baseline considerations required for the day like strength rating on climbing good, the difference between hard goods and soft goods, as well as parts of the climbing shoe and how to use them.

Next, the instructor will demonstrate the different ways to clip a quickdraw safely, and facilitate a discussion around this overlooked topic. Then you will practice this new technique. Later you will be given the opportunity to mock-lead and practice this technique while climbing.

Your instructor will give a lesson on the overhand and figure-eight knot series as well as the bowline, then a lesson on simple, two-bolt EARNEST anchor construction.

You will learn about the girth hitch, clove hitch, and basket hitch, as well as the prusik, auto-block, and klemheist friction hitches. These lessons will correspond with lessons on properly cleaning an anchor and rappelling.

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

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

Washington Course Dates
29 April
20 May
17 June
15 July
19 August
9 September
14 October

Oregon Dates
15 April
13 May
24 June
29 July
26 August
30 September
October 28

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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.