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Blue Granite Climbing School

All Classes

Length: 2hrs

$35 member

$50 non-member

Includes: Day pass & gear rental

101 – Introduction to Climbing

Our Intro to Climbing Class is built to empower and inform anyone new to climbing. You will learn and practice all the skills necessary for building a quality climbing foundation. This class covers topics including:

  • What gear you need to climb
  • Types of climbing (bouldering, top rope, autobelay, sport/lead)
  • How to tie in as a climber
  • How to top rope belay
  • Basic climbing movement

As someone new to the sport, or those getting back into climbing, this class will enhance your future experience in the vertical world.

 

Prerequisites: None!

Ages: 12 and up

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201 – Learn to Lead

This course will teach the vital techniques needed to lead climb and belay in the gym. You will be given the opportunity to take and catch practice falls and learn clipping techniques and rope management under the guidance of our instructors. You will leave this class with the tools and confidence you need to pass a Blue Granite lead belay test.

 

Please note: After completing the course, climbers will need to take and pass a lead belay test the next time they come into the gym to get their lead belay certification.

 

Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Certification, must climb 5.10 comfortably

Ages: 14 and up

 

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301 – How to Rappel

This skills course will cover the basics of rappelling. Topics include:

  • Single and double rope rappelling
  • Rappelling using different devices
  • Backing up a rappel

 

All participants will get to take home some cord to build a friction hitch.

 

Prerequisites: None!

Ages: 12 and up

 

 

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102 – Foundational Movement

This technique-based class lays the foundation for continued growth in your future climbing endeavors. You will explore various footwork and body positioning techniques that will improve your climbing. Topics include:

  • Different types of footwork and techniques
  • Types of holds/grips
  • Basic movement and body positioning
  • Learn warmups and exercises to continue improving your climbing

Our goals are to build a base of high quality climbing movement for those looking to climb with improved efficiency.

 

Prerequisites: None!

Ages: 12 and up

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202 – Movement & Mentality

For those looking to take their climbing technique to a higher level, this class offer tools and tactics that address fear and anxiety as well as movement.  You will be able to feel, control, and better understand quality movement on rock.  Goals of the course include:

  • Using intentional practices to address movement weaknesses
  • Demonstrating an ability to climb more relaxed and with increased courage
  • Learning how to use our breath and focus our thoughts and energy to climb more efficiently

When you are climbing confidently and with movement awareness, climbing becomes more fun, and ultimately leads to better climbing.

 

Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Certification (Lead preferred), must climb 5.10 comfortably

Ages: 14 and up

 

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302 – Anchor Building

Our Anchor Building course will cover cleaning and building several types of anchors. Topics include:

  • Safely cleaning an anchor and rappelling
  • Building an anchor using ERNEST practices
  • Learning to set up various anchor building methods with different materials
  • Rope management

 

Prerequisites: “How to Rappel”, or at least 6 months of outdoor climbing experience.

Ages: 14 and up

 

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