DC Area (Annapolis Rock/Carderock, MD/Great Falls, VA)
Top rope climbing and belay experience required
The greatest day at the crag can go wrong. Do you have the technical skills and assessment framework to manage challenging situations and get yourself back to the ground safely? In this full day of hands-on learning and practice, you'll learn critical skills to handle the most common scenarios requiring rescue or alternate solutions—foundational knowledge for any outdoor climber.
- Alternative belay methods for emergency use
- Rope ascension techniques
- Emergency rappel systems
- Personal climbing gear if needed (harness, helmet, shoes, belay device)
- All group climbing gear
- Small-group instruction with the region's most trusted guides
ET Members and returning students—please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org first for your discount code!
COVID-19: We’ve been working closely with the Parks Service to ensure responsible recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re keeping classes small, limiting shared gear and touch points and increasing sanitation on those that are impossible to avoid, encouraging social distancing, and requiring masks when social distancing is impossible. Please do not come to class if you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and/or if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough/sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell; contact us and we’ll work it out.
RAIN AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Outdoor courses are held rain or shine; instructors make the final judgement on whether the weather makes it impossible to continue. As a general rule, weather moves quickly in our region, our rock type dries quickly, and climbing in light rain is both possible and fun--as long as you bring the right attitude and a rain jacket. We will notify you ahead of time if an extended bad weather forecast makes rescheduling likely, and we will pause courses in progress for thunder and lighting or for excessive heat (over 100 degrees). Rescheduled courses and classes rained out before 1pm will receive a rain check. Otherwise, come prepared to climb and enjoy the outdoors.
Courses are non-refundable within 15 days of class date unless cancelled by SRMG East for weather or not meeting minimum enrollments.