Big Wall Course Information
Typical 2 or 3 Day Class
Day One of our Big Wall course meets at SRMG at 8:30 a.m. After waivers are signed, we'll start our Big Wall course with a review of your current level of climbing experience and your goals and objectives for the course. Unlike most of our courses, Day One of our Big Wall course is typically held in our indoor Trad Training Center, rain or shine. This allows us to spend time reviewing the equipment needed for aid and big wall climbing, as well as to take advantage of some of the specific training features of the Trad Training Center. After gaining an understanding of the big picture of the course, as well as big wall climbing generally, you'll spend time learning efficient aid climbing technique on our lead wall.
After a day filled with technical information and strenuous physical activity, you'll be ready to relax by the time the first day ends at 5 p.m. Prior to leaving for the evening, you'll review what you've learned and accomplished with your instructor, and create a plan for the following day.
On Day Two of the Big Wall course you'll head out onto the rocks to practice the techniques that you learned in the Trad Training Center the previous day. On top rope, you'll work with a partner to aid climb a straightforward route while placing gear...no bolt ladder today! By then end of the day, you and your partner will have completed multiple pitches of aid climbing while on top rope, under the supervision of your qualified instructor.
If you're taking the 2-day course, you complete your course at 5 p.m. If you've signed up for the 2 Day Bivy option, it's time to set up the portaledge and spend the night out on the rocks!
On Day Three, you and your partner will again meet at SRMG at 8:30 a.m. After prepping your gear, you'll head out to the crag ready to piece all of your newly acquired knowledge and skills together. The goal of Day Three is typically that of swapping leads with your partner on a multi-pitch aid climb, with your instructor beside you as you ascend.
By 5 p.m. you'll either be back at SRMG, discussing the course and your future goals with your instructor, or if you've signed up for the bivy option, you'll be prepping to spend the night sleeping in the portaledge, high above the North Fork Valley. After your night in the portaledge, you'll meet your guide in the morning, just in time to hike down to the valley for breakfast.