Aid Climbing Seminar

 

Objective: Aid Climbing Seminar is designed to introduce competent lead climbers to the principles, techniques and equipment specific to aid and big wall climbing. Upon completion of the course participants will have been introduced to the skills needed to climb longer routes with aid ratings.

 

Dates: August 25th-26th

 

Location: TBD (this year’s course will be held in the Spokane/CDA Area)

 

Cost: $75

 

The $75 course fee will be billed upon acceptance to the course.  The course is limited to 8 participants. All participants must be members of the Spokane Mountaineers. Join now if you are not a member already!


Course Directors: Andrew Ratcliff (flictara@gmail.com, 208-818-5075)

Matt Jeffries (jeffries.mj@gmail.com, 360-303-7495)


Overview:

  • Aid specific equipment & use
  • Placement of gear for aid climbing
  • Use of aid specific pro
  • Leading on aid gear
  • Following and cleaning on aid
  • Hooking and use of ladders
  • Jugging, following and hauling
  • Understanding fixed lines in aid

Prerequisites:

  • Active Spokane Mountaineers Membership
  • Trad Lead Climbing School
  • Actively trad climbing and can provide recent reference climbs
  • Completion of Alpine Seminar and/or High Angle Rescue a bonus

Required Equipment:

 

Basic Climbing Items - Climbing Harness, Carabiners, Belay device, Cordelette, Helmet, Rock climbing rack / trad gear, rock shoes

 

Aid Specific Gear - Please arrange to have the following aid specific items prior to the start of the course.

  • One Fifi Hook
  • One Gri-gri
  • Two Daisy Chains w/Dedicated Carabiners
  • Two Aid Ladders / Eitrers
  • Two Ascenders (right and left)
  • Approach/Wall Shoes
 

Application Process

The application link below will take you to a form. Please fill this out carefully and completely.

You will be notified of the status of your application the week of August 1. If you have been accepted to Aid Climbing Seminar, you will receive an email that will contain a PayPal link for payment. You registration is not complete until payment has been received. Payment is due within five business days of the email notification. Thank you!