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Course Location: September through May at Joshua Tree National Park.
If you have never done any climbing, or need a refresher, here's where to start. This is an introduction to the world of rock climbing with an emphasis on safety and fun. The class covers the absolute essentials for climbing steep rock and is a valuable course for those wishing to pursue mountaineering. Course itinerary: equipment, knots, anchoring, belaying, communication signals, rating system, climbing techniques, and rappelling. Classes are taught on low-angle, moderate rock suitable for novices.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November 4, December
After reviewing fundamentals (knots, anchoring, and belaying) you'll complete a progression of climbs where a broad range of more challenging climbing techniques are encountered, from the subtleties of edging and smearing used in face climbing, to jamming and liebacking used in crack climbing. Protected by a top-rope, each student is given personalized coaching and is allowed to progress to the limit of their ability. This class also includes an introduction to anchoring fundamentals using nuts and camming devices.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November 5, December
This class provides you with the essentials to perform basic self rescue skills for you and your partner. The itinerary includes: friction hitches for slings and cord, improvised rope ascension, backing up rappels with an auto block knot, how to rescue a fallen climber using an auto-locking (ie. Gri-Gri) device, lowering system with a re-directed auto-locking device, lowering system with a munter hitch backed-up with an auto block knot, the tandem rappel system, and the basic 3 to 1 "Z" raising system with an auto-locking device.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November
This class teaches you the more complex rescue systems that must be accomplished without the aid of an auto-locking (ie. Gri Gri) device. The itinerary includes: the belay escape, how to rescue a fallen lead climber, rigging a 3 to 1 and 5 to 1 raising system, and lowering systems with a knot pass.
Prerequisite: Rescue One or equivalent.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November 4 - 5, December 9
This two-day course is the next step after the Rockcraft Seminar and is the perfect course for the experienced indoor gym climber or sport climber who wishes to learn "trad" or traditional climbing. It's our most comprehensive anchoring course and a prerequisite to our 2-Day Leading class. This course covers the essentials for trad climbing, including:
This course curriculum is specifically designed to give you the ability to quickly assess your gear placements and anchor systems, based on sound principals.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): October 14 - 15, November
11 - 12, December 2 - 3, 28 - 29
This two-day class focuses on leading fundamentals. You'll learn what it takes to become a competent leader: confidence in technique and ability to place reliable protection and sound anchors. You'll practice placement and removal of all the various state-of-the-art protection devices, with pointers from your guide, and, under close supervision, and top-rope protection, you will execute simulated lead climbs. Placing gear on the lead, use of slings to reduce rope drag, proper carabiner clip-ins and alignment, belaying strategies and rope management for multi-pitch climbs, and route finding skills are among the topics covered. Limited to a maximum of three students.
Prerequisite: 2-Day Anchoring or equivalent.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): October 21 - 22, November
13 - 14, 18 - 19, December 30 - 31
Joshua Tree is the perfect place to improve your crack climbing
skills. In this two day class you will learn the techniques required to climb a
wide variety of crack sizes, including: thin cracks, hand cracks, off widths,
chimneys, dihedrals, and flaring cracks. Your instructor will set up top ropes
on crack climbs mostly in the 5.6 to 5.9 range. The skills covered in the class
will include: finger locks, ring locks, hand jams, fist jams, hand stacks, arm
bars, chicken wings, toe jams, foot jams, heel-toe jams, foot stacks, stemming,
laybacking, and the undercling technique.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November 13 -
Our most comprehensive beginner's course. Day one is our Basic Rock Climbing curriculum and day two is our Intermediate One curriculum. Days three and four include more climbing technique, including steep face climbing and crack climbing techniques, allowing you to build your foundation on a wide variety of climbs, all with expert advice and coaching from your instructor. Climbing on consecutive days is the best way to refine technique and quickly progress.
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November 4 -
Fall/Winter 2023 (Joshua Tree): November 11 - 14, December
28 - 31
Fall/Winter 2022 (Joshua Tree): November 11 -
This course will be taught by AMGA Certified Rock Guide Jarad Stiles. To achieve his Rock Guide certification (the highest level of certification in the AMGAs rock program), Jarad completed a total of 26 rigorous days of training and exams in all the various state-of-the-art techniques of modern multipitch climbing. This course can be customized according to your previous experience and immediate goals.
This two-day course teaches the famed "Yosemite Method" of direct aid climbing, useful to anyone who aspires to climb the big walls. Stressing simplicity and safety, we'll cover various types of direct aid placements, jumarring techniques, leading and cleaning aid pitches, establishing hanging belays, hauling heavy loads, tension-traverses and pendulums. Taught by a veteran Yosemite Big Wall climber, this seminar will save you valuable time and reduce the frustration involved in learning the secrets of big wall climbing.
Peter Croft is one of America's legendary trad climbers, and Bob Gaines is one of Joshua Tree's most experienced guides, with over 35 seasons guiding at Joshua Tree National Park. Bob's route knowledge, combined with Peter's exceptional technique and coaching ability, will give you the ideal environment to break through to your next level. Designed for experienced climbers with the ability to follow 5.8 to 5.10 routes, everyone is guaranteed a challenge. Join Peter and Bob for a fun and memorable weekend of classic rock climbs.
Fall/Winter 2023: Dates to be
Peter Croft is now offering private instruction and guided climbs at Owens Gorge. Located near Bishop, California, the Gorge has over 500 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13, so everyone is guaranteed a challenge. Join Peter for an unforgettable tour of California's finest sport climbing area.
Contact us for pricing and availability.
We have designed more technically oriented courses for a variety of police, military, and search and rescue groups, including: L.A.P.D. K9 search and rescue, Palm Springs Search and Rescue, F.B.I., U.S. Navy Seals, Marine Force Recon, and Delta Force.
We have coordinated over 25 television commercials featuring rock climbing. We can provide location scouting, casting, rigging, and stunt coordination services. Contact us for a detailed resume.
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