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MULTI-PITCH CLIMBING LONG WEEKEND

A long weekend course for those with some basic climbing experience who want to discover the vertical world of sheer walls, airy aretes, classic corners and dramatic long routes. The course consists entirely of crag based workshops and guided instructional climbs of numerous pitches and up to 200 metres in length. These combine to enable the students to learn: how to choose appropriate routes; preparation for multi-pitch climbs; the skills needed on the route; and good systems of communication between climbing partners. During the course you will develop efficiency, fluid team work, free flowing rope management and confident route finding, all of which contribute towards completing long routes successfully. We will also teach you basic skills for dealing with special difficulties which can arise, increasing your levels of self-reliance and safety so that you can rise to ever greater challenges with confidence.

The first session is spent with some easy climbing and a look at basic crag skills and lead climbing, taking the time to establish these fundamentals depending upon your level of experience. The emphasis then turns to multi-pitch climbing. On guided instructional climbs participants carry out all the rope work and stance management for themselves, as if they were climbing as a self sufficient team. This method of instruction provides the ideal context for aquiring multi-pitch skills. On this course you will learn the skills and then put them into practice in a variety of real multi-pitch situations on excellent routes of quality and atmosphere. Meanwhile, your instructor will closely supervise and ensure your continual safety throughout.

All of the routes we use for the course are exceptional climbs in themselves. The exact routes depending on location and itinerary. In Montserrat, one example is Esparraguera, considered a classic of the south faces. It is six pitches long and involves 180 metres of excellent climbing on slabs, airy arete and an improbable final pitch! Reaching the top of the route we move a short distance along a ridge to reach a 150 metre three pitch abseil descent. This takes us to the descent path which winds through enchanted wooded gulleys and dry river beds back to base. Routes like this raise a range of technical challenges helping you to consolidate all the appropriate skills you will be taught. What better way to gain the skills necessary for multi-pitch climbing?

For detailed course contents see bolt-on unit descriptions for: Multi-Pitch Climbing - Level 1 and Multi-Pitch Climbing - Level 2.

Necessary and suggested equipment: Harness, climbing shoes and helmet are essential. Your own rope and basic rack are highly recommended.

Price: 480 euros per person including pickup/drop off in Barcelona, accommodation and half board meals.

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TRAD CLIMBING LONG WEEKEND

This long weekend course is for those with some basic climbing experience who want to be initiated into the world of traditional climbing. While enjoying excellent climbing in the spectacular surroundings of Montserrat or the Northwest Gorges of Catalunya, you will gain a grounding in the serious, but exciting, world of trad climbing. The course combines a series of well designed workshops, on cracks, corners, grooves and aretes, giving you the necessary tools and techniques to rise to the challenges offered by beautiful trad lines.

The first session is spent climbing and looking at basic crag skills taking the time to establish these fundamentals depending upon your level of experience. Next the emphasis turns to the techniques and skills specific to trad climbing. Practical exercises give you hands on experience of placing gear, as you learn all the essentials about runner placement and building safe anchors. You will become familiar with a full range of possible gear placements, using a wide range and variety of equipment. In addition, the important skill of self-assessing placements will be developed. All of this is put into practice as you face challenging anchor building exercises. As the weekend progresses we go on to explore the practical considerations of placing runners on lead. Exercises on carefully selected routes provide you with experience of the issues relating to trad leading. Here the emphasis falls on the psychology, control and the techniques necessary for a good trad climbing style.

For detailed course contents see bolt-on unit descriptions for: Trad Climbing - Placing Protection and Building Anchors

Necessary and suggested equipment: Harness, climbing shoes and helmet are essential. Your own rope and basic rack are highly recommended.

Price: 480 euros per person including pickup/drop off in Barcelona, accommodation and half board meals.

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