Clinic Levels

Chicks Rock! women’s rock climbing clinic levels

Level 1 – Beginning

This clinic level is for the person who has never rock climbed in a gym or outside before. This is a great introduction clinic that will help build a basic foundation of rock climbing skills. The goal of this clinic is to have fun and learn the basics.

Skills you will learn:

- Tie well dressed figure 8 knot

- Belay with ATC and Grigri style device

- Single pitch rappel

- Basic climbing techniques and movement skills

- Be comfortable on 5.6-5.7 terrain

- Identifying hand holds

- Identifying foot holds

- Body positions to use hand and foot holds

- Identifying and using rests

Level 2 – Advanced Beginner

This clinic level is for the person who has climbed in a gym or outside a few times but does not feel confident with the basic skills needed to climb outside. This clinic is a great review of the basic techniques and movement skills.  We will review gear and knots as well as help dial in your climbing knowledge. The goal of this clinic is to be solid on 5.6-5.7 climbs and feel ready to move to more challenging terrain.

Skills you will learn:

-Tie well dressed figure 8 knot

- Belay with ATC and Grigri style device

- Single pitch rappel

- Basic grasp of basic climbing techniques and movement skills

- Solid on 5.6-5.7 terrain, with the confidence to try harder routes

-  Coil a rope

- Identifying hand holds

- Identifying foot holds

- Body positions to use hand and foot holds

- Climbing with efficiency

- Mental game

- Identifying and using rests

Level 3 – Intermediate

This clinic is for the person who feels comfortable on 5.6-5.7 and is ready to try 5.8 or harder. This clinic will help advance your climbing skills and will broaden your knowledge of gear and anchors. The goal of this clinic is to feel good on 5.8-5.9 climbing and to have the confidence to try harder climbing, and to build your own top rope anchors.

Skills you will learn:

-Tie all basic knots

- Belay with ATC and Grigri devices

- Understanding of basic gear placements

- Grasp single point and multi-point anchors

- Recognition of good and poor gear placements and anchors

- Be comfortable on 5.8

- How to “read” the rock and make a plan

- Balance

-Efficiency

-Resting

- Hanging with straight arms

- Turning hips

- Moving over bulges and roofs

- The mental game

-Intro into anchors

Advanced

The advanced courses are broken into three sub categories: Advanced Rock Movement, Advanced Lead, and Advanced Multi-pitch. Choose which course is right for you depending upon your climbing goals. This will help us streamline the material for each course.

Level 4: Advanced Rock Movement

Perfect for the person who is at a climbing plateau and has been stuck at the same grade for a while. This clinic is also for the climber who wants to learn advanced movement skills and really wants to push themselves on challenging rock terrain. This clinic will use single pitch climbs to focus on movement skills. The climbs are picked to help expose you to different types of movement skills. The intention is to learn to climb with efficiency and confidence. The goal of this clinic is to feel comfortable on 5.9.

Skills you will learn:

- Advanced movement skills and climbing techniques

- Address the mental game

- Learn to belay a leader

- Cleaning the anchor to lower or rappel

- Climb 5.9 with confidence to climb harder grades

- Setting Intention

- How to “read” the rock and make a plan

- Balance

-Efficiency

- Resting

- Turning hips

- Using straight arms when needed

- Moving over bulges and roofs

- The mental game

- Self-Coaching

- Cleaning anchors

Level 5: Intro to Lead

This clinic is designed for the person who wants to start taking on the sharp end of the rope. We will focus on gaining an excellent foundation of skills and knowledge to help you feel ready to lead on rock. You will be mock leading, placing gear on a top rope. Your guide will evaluate your gear placements and provide feedback. The goal of the clinic is to help you feel confident with rock climbing gear, anchor systems and a variety of belay and rappel methods. This clinic is not focused on climbing; instead the focus is on technical systems and skills. There will be more ground school time than climbing time. The prerequisites are that you have outdoor climbing experience and feel solid on 5.8 terrain.

- Basic lead climbing skills

- Belay from anchor

- Rappel with two ropes

- Feel comfortable to start lead climbing

- Place gear safely and efficiently

- Build safe and efficient anchors

- Basic cam placements

- Basic nut placements

Level 6: Advanced Lead

This clinic is perfect for the person who is ready to lead and take on longer multi-pitch climbs. The clinic will focus on lead climbing and multi-pitch transitions. This includes anchors; belay techniques, multi-pitch rappels, and basic rescue skills. This is the most advanced instructional rock clinic offered at Chicks. The goal of this clinic is to help you leave the nest and take on bigger objectives.

- Place gear safely and efficiently

- Build safe and proficient anchors

- Lead climb

- Multi pitch climbing transitions

- Multi pitch rappelling

- Basic rescue techniques

-  How to use ½ ropes or twins

- How to choose a rack

- How to rack (harness vs. gear sling)

- How to clip a bolt

- How to clip the draw

- Placing cams on lead

- Placing nuts on lead

- How to clean rock gear

- Re-racking on harness

- Rope management

- Managing the second at the anchor

- Multi-pitch transitions

 

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