Top-Rope Rock Climbing Instruction Near Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC
Technical Rock Climbing Series
What is Rock Climbing?
Rock climbing combines physical, mental and emotional challenges into an exciting and rewarding outdoor adventure. When a team takes part in a rock climbing program, trust is gained at an accelerated rate – team members literally put their lives in the hands of their partners.
Top-rope Climbing Series:
Top-roping courses teach the basics of the simplest and most popular form of rock climbing, emphasizing the skills of climbing knots, belaying, anchors, and movement. While we teach most of our rock climbing programs in Maryland, we can definitely meet climbers in a variety of Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania locations if desired.
On Rope! – (4 hours) Introduction to tying-in, belaying, and basic climbing technique.
Climb On! – (6 hours) Climbing knots, bottom and top-belaying, climbing techniques and rappelling. During this introductory course, you will learn the fundamentals of outdoor top-roping under the supervision of an expert guide. We’ll begin with learning the climber’s knot, and belay technique, and then follow on with getting on-rock for a few climbs. After getting used to the belay commands, techniques of belaying and climbing movement, we’ll move to some more challenging climbs and a belayed rappel from the top of the rock face. The goal of this one-day session is give new and experienced climbers the skills to belay and climb outdoors.
Rappel Away! – (4 hours) Introduction to techniques of safe rappelling – double line, single line with various rappel devices, backup belay systems, “passing a knot”, etc..
Anchors Workshop – (8 hours) Introduction to basic anchor-building for top-rope climbing. Natural and artificial anchors introduced.
Climber’s Self-Rescue and Wilderness First Aid Certification – (20 hours) Fundamentals of Self-Rescue for anyone who intends to make rock climbing outdoors their hobby or passion. This scenario-based clinic provides top-rope climbers with fundamental rigging, rescue and prevention techniques for managing a top-rope rock climbing experience. In addition, we’ll certify climbers with Wilderness First Aid, which we feel is the minimum medical training that any outdoor adventurer should carry. Focusing on scenarios typical for a rock climbing situation, this WFA will give you the skills you need to manage, treat and prevent a variety of outdoor emergencies.
Artificial Anchors Clinic- (8 hours) Introduction to anchors used for traditional lead climbing – natural and artificial anchors. Placing artificial anchors in cracks, building belay stations that are safe, efficient and timely, and learning to load your harness/slings for efficiency and ease of use are the bulk of this introductory traditional lead climbing course.
Rock Climbing as a Team Building Metaphor
An excellent bonding and foundational trust experience, rock climbing instructional programs can be more than just an exciting outdoor adventure. We have used rock climbing as a tool for building the teamwork necessary to launch a strategic planning session and a facilitated meeting. The trust gained through a shared experience helps team members to be open to new ideas, less likely to be judgmental, and can foster the creative spark that enables teams to generate innovative solutions to their problems.
Other areas we suggest: Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges, NH, Shawangunks, NY, Acadia National Park, ME, New River Gorge, WV, Seneca Rocks, WV.