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Learning to sport lead is one of the biggest and most important steps that rock climbers have to make. Lead climbing requires more commitment, more skills and involves greater risk, but the rewards are worth it - independence, self-confidence and an amazing sense of achievement make this one of the most important courses you can take.
 
This course will help make the transition to becoming a lead climber easier and give you the confidence and skills to start leading your own rock climbs in safety.
 

A lot of your early lead climbs will be done with the instructor moving on a fixed line alongside you and helping out as required. The additional confidence gained from leading your first rock climbs with a climbing instructor close by makes the experience exciting and fun rather than nerve racking.


The course content can vary enormously depending on your experience and what you want to learn. On the course itself we will normally spend a lot of time looking at the practical side of lead climbing: placing bomb proof gear, constructing safe belays and managing rope systems. However we also try to cover the tactical and psychological aspects of leading - so we look at planning the route, choosing the rack, reducing rope drag, resting and relaxing so that you can move fluidly with conviction.


All the climbing instruction is based on progressive teaching and we normally try to spend both days climbing on single or multi-pitch crags. The instruction ideally runs on a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio and the days will be carefully tailored to suit both your abilities and aspirations. There will never be any pressure to lead routes out of your comfort zone.


Topics include:
..personal safety
..belaying a lead climber
..removing pro
..climbing techniques
..proper use of runners
..how to reduce rope drag
..leading responsibilities
..resting stances
..natural hazards
..anchoring systems
..route finding
..basic self-rescue and retreat
... techniques also are taught.

The first day leading is done while top-roped, so you can concentrate on learning the techniques. The second day is spent leading on a variety of climbs (5.5 to 5.10) depending on your abilities. We also offer an additonal or third day of instruction and coaching to really fine tune your lead climbing skills. If you're serious about climbing, this is the course for you.

Note: For the experienced top rope climber only.


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..Cost

..Sport Lead - $365.00 per person (2-Day Course)
..Sport Lead - $455.00 per person (3-Day Course)
..Trad Lead - $395.00 per person (2-Day Course)
..Dates ..See Schedule Below or Click Here
..Class Size ..Minimum 2 - Maximum 4 per Instructor
..Discounts ..REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off
..Ages ..16 and Up
..Equipment ..Included (rock shoes, harness, etc.) except daypack
..Location ..Scottsdale / Queen Creek / Prescott
..Times ..6:00 am - Summer / 8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring/Summer
..Rating
..Prerequisites
..Written Test
..Advanced climbing skills
..Yes
..Course Info ..Pre-Course Info & Testing Materials will be emailed
..to participant upon course sign-up

...recommended reading for the course above:
..Traditional Lead Climbing by Heidi Pesterfield


NOTE: ACAS also has an overnight camping packages available which include camping equipment, meals, campfire, coyotes and lots of weird climbing stories.
Cost: $65 per night per person





Traditional Climbing or "Trad" is the classic way to ascend crags, big walls and peaks by placing and removing natural protection. Our Traditional Rock Climbing Course takes climbers where sport climbs can't. A genuine challenge for most, Trad not only challenges a combination of raw strength and technical skills up cracks, chimneys, laybacks and slab, but is also an exercise of the wits in the realm of placing technical protection, fixing anchors, and returning safely to ground.

Important features of trad climbing are a strong focus on exploration, and a strict dedication to leaving nature unblemished by avoiding use of older means of protection such as pitons, which damage the rock. This evolution in climbing ethics has been attributed to the efforts of Yvon Chouinard and many others, who pioneered the "leave no trace" ethic in climbing.
All participants are required to have done our Intermediate and Sport Climbing courses or have equivalent knowledge and skill.
All climbing gear is provided by ACAS.


A number of knots are required for traditional climbing, to create anchors, to tie in the climbers and even to be used during the climb.
• Figure of 8 is commonly used to tie in the climbers at both ends
• Clove hitch is used when building an anchor using the rope and sometimes to make a climber safe quickly at a belay ledge
• Alpine butterfly can be used to tie a climber into the middle of a rope
• Munter hitch is commonly used to belay without a belay device
• Slip knot or running knot, can be used during a climb to sling a protrusion of rock known as a chickenhead or any trees that may be on the route
• Lark's foot or girth hitch, is used to attach slings to trees or spikes and also to a climbers harness


2-Day Single-Pitch Trad Course

....Students will learn about and practice:
....• crag safety
....• knots to know
....• placement of gear
....• assessment and construction of anchors
....• belay techniques and rope management
....• lead climbing strategies and mock leads
....• cleaning routes and anchors
....• do moderate trad lead
....• lead rappelling techniques

Trad Climbing is the classic way to climb!


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..Cost

..Trad Lead - $395.00 per person (2-Day Course)
..Trad Lead - $495.00 per person (3-Day Course)
..Dates ..See Schedule Below or Click Here
..Class Size ..Minimum 2 - Maximum 4 per Instructor
..Discounts ..REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off
..Ages ..16 and Up
..Equipment ..Included (rock shoes, harness, etc.) except daypack
..Location ..Scottsdale / Queen Creek / Prescott / Flagstaff
..Times ..6:00 am - Summer / 8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring
..Rating
..Prerequisites
..Written Test
..Advanced climbing skills
..Yes
..Course Info ..Pre-Course Info & Testing Materials will be emailed
..to participant upon course sign-up

...recommended reading for the course above:
..Traditional Lead Climbing by Heidi Pesterfield

NOTE: ACAS also has an overnight camping packages available which include camping equipment, meals, campfire, coyotes and lots of weird climbing stories.
Cost: $65 per night per person




To sign up for a course call or email us to check availability. If a course is open click on the On-line Application Form or go to our application and map (meeting point) site, print out both the Application (PDF), Map and Waiver. Fill out the application and fax or mail it to us (don't fax the waiver, just bring it the day of your course).

Note: *Summer courses start at 6:00 a.m. - October thru April Intermediate courses start at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 depending upon weather at the designated pick-up point. Call us the day before your course starts to verify start time. Bring your own snacks, lunch, water, sunblock and wear appropriate clothing. Camera (disposable), writing pad and pen are recommended.
*Summer courses - May 1 thru September 30.



january
2014

..sport lead – 11 & 12
..trad lead – 18 & 19


july
2014

..sport lead – 12 & 13
..trad lead – 26 & 27


february
2014

..sport lead – 8 & 9
..trad lead – 15 % 16


august
2014

..sport lead – 2 & 3
..trad lead – 16 & 17

march
2014

..sport lead – 15 & 16
..trad lead – 22 & 23


september
2014

..sport lead – 20 & 21
..trad lead – 27 & 28


april
2014

..sport lead – 12 & 13
..trad lead – 26 & 27

october
2014

..sport lead – 11 & 12
..trad lead – 18 & 29

may
2014

..sport lead – 3 & 4
..trad lead – 17 & 18


november
2014

..sport lead – 1 & 2
..trad lead – 15 & 16


june
2014

..sport lead – 7 & 8
..trad lead – 14 & 15


december
2014

..sport lead – 6 & 7
..trad lead – 13 & 14






course cancellations
While it is unlikely, if the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School cancels a course due to insufficient reservations or conditions beyond our control (weather, etc.); alternate dates or refunds will be given as preferred. If you cancel within 14 days prior to your session, rescheduling your course can be expected. There are no refunds on gift certificates. If you fail to show at the designated meeting place at the appointed time you will be charged for the course - there are no exceptions. If you would like to reschedule within 48-hours of the course's starting date, you may do so. To receive a full monetary refund (minus a 20% handling fee), 14 days notice is required (expect a refund within 2 billing cycles or 60-days of your course date). You may also want to purchase travel insurance due to cancellations – click here for more information.

liability
Although we spare no effort to assure a safe program, we can assume no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment. In a sport of this nature an element of risk is inherent and beyond human control. A signed release (waiver) will be required of all participants. A parent or guardian release is required for students under the age of 18. These can be obtained in advance by contacting our office or downloading from our website.




Our select staff are certified outdoor guides and have received extensive training from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound Wilderness (OBW). the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), Climb Smart! and Leave No Trace (LNT) or are members and partners of the American Alpine Club, Arizona Mountain Group Association, American Safe Climbing Association and Access Fund. They follow strict procedural guidelines and safety protocols set by these institutes and by the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School (ACAS).





Arizona Climbing and Adventure School is a unique opportunity for individuals to experience the spirit, courage and exploration of the Southwest. It is an initiation into the unexpected, a chance to accomplish something very exciting and to discover strengths you never knew you had. Additionally, the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School provides education in wilderness skills and working effectively with others.

To achieve a high learning curve among our students we keep our groups small in size. We consider the impact on the safety and flexibility of the group above all. Everyone knows that large groups and large student-to-instructor ratios are what make money for a guide service. But we feel that groups and ratios compromise the safety, enjoyment and success of individual participants. Better for you and better for us.

Having smaller groups also means you receive more attention and guidance from our professionals when you need it the most.

The skills you must learn in order to safely and ecologically negotiate the terrain, climate and altitude in which our courses are offered include:

• safety skills for travel through rigorous terrain.

• how to pack a backpack.

• physical fitness

• competence with map and compass, gps, route selection, navigation.

• rope use and knot tying, bowline, water knot, square knot, clove hitch, half hitch, figure eight

• basic first aid so that every student can handle reasonable emergencies and recognizes and aid in treating illness related to altitude, hypothermia, fatigue.

• rescue preparedness

• rock climbing, belaying, backpacking, canyoneering, rappelling, anchors.

• campcraft including minimum impact camping, ecological considerations, wilderness cooking, food selection and nutrition.

• water purification, hygiene and sanitation.

• care of equipment, ropes, clothing, packs, etc.

• environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace (LNT) techniques.

• safety from storms, flash floods and lightning.