Aid climbing is the key to unlock access to climbs that are too difficult for our free-climbing abilities. Gaining this skill set will enable participants to begin to tackle a myriad of objectives from single pitch aid climbing; long free climbs guarded by just one or two aid pitches, to the massive aid climbs in Yosemite. Our Aid-Climbing course will cover all the skills needed to lead a basic aid pitch as we focus on:
- Equipment selections, needs, and use.
- Advanced “clean” aid placements, traditional placements: pitons, copperheads, and hooks. Placement testing.
- Aid lead-climbing systems: fifi hooks, daisy chains, easy aiders, and etriers, leap-frogging.
- Fixing ropes and tag lines
- Following/cleaning systems: jumars and other devices, cleaning pitons, jugging a fixed line, traverses and lowering out.
- Hauling systems
- Retreat options and rappelling with a haul bag
Previous traditional lead climbing experience is required to take this course.