free climbers utilize their hands and feet to ascend the
rock, aid climbers gain elevation by climbing short rope
ladders, or "etriers" clipped to a myriad of
tricky protection placements. For this reason, aid climbers
have the ability to scale rock walls that no free climber
will ever touch due to the lack of natural hand and foot
holds. The goal of our Aid Climbing program is to provide
the skills necessary to start tackling some straightforward
"wall" climbs using basic aid techniques.
Instructional topics on this program include:
associated with aid and wall climbing.
placements and testing (introduction to specialized
gear: pitons, hooks and copperheads).
aid climbing leading system (using fifi hooks and etriers).
systems (jumar use, pin removal, cleaning traverses).
up a basic hauling system and lower-outs.
from a wall and rappelling with a haul bag.
Free climbers can also benefit from aid techniques when
they encounter wet or physically demanding sections on a
multi-pitch climb that can't be surpassed with standard
free climbing techniques. For this reason, we recommend
this course to both the aspiring aid climber and the
experienced multi-pitch free climber, both of whom should
already have a background in traditional gear placement
and anchor-building techniques.
or 2 days
equipment used for aid climbing is unique.