Intro to Climbing Outside 101

The Intro To Outdoor Climbing course is designed for those who are new to the sport of rock climbing, or for those indoor climbers who wish to gain the skills/concepts necessary to transition into the outdoors.  In this course, we will build a solid foundation of safe climbing practices as well as discuss some of the finer nuances associated with the sport such as etiquette, access, and ethics.  Participants will be exposed to a wide range of skill development from belaying and rappelling, to anchor assessment and hazard evaluation. The course involves 2 outdoor days at a local crag.

Click here to register for the next 101 course Aug 22-23rd 2020

Intro to Lead Climbing 102

Intro to Outdoor Lead Climbing 102 is designed to help students gain the skills and experience necessary to transition safely from the practice of outdoor Top-Rope climbing to the exciting and committing world of outdoor Sport/Lead climbing.  For graduates of our Intro 101 course or equivalent experience, this course can be thought of as the next step. 


Pre-requisites: Participants must have completed a CNS Intro to Climbing Outside course or possess equivalent experience/knowledge. They should be comfortable climbing 5.8 on a Top-Rope, belaying on a Top-Rope system, and building an anchor from fixed or natural gear. 

Stay tuned for our next course date!

Intro to Trad Climbing 103

Our Intro to Trad Climbing course is intended to give participants a thorough understanding of the intricacies of lead climbing with traditional gear.  Unlike Sport climbing, the use of traditional gear and multi-pitch tactics introduces a number of additional risks and variables not typically seen with a day of sport cragging. This course will take students through a variety of topics ranging from proper gear placement, to anchor building strategies, risk assessment, top-belay management, and additional skills needed for the exciting world of traditional climbing.  

Pre-requisites: Climbers must have completed a CNS Intro to Outdoor Lead Climbing course or possess competent equivalent knowledge.  Additionally, it is recommended that participants have competent experience with lead belaying, rappelling, anchor building concepts, common climbing knots, and have a minimum of 12 days of outdoor lead climbing/belaying experience. Climbers should also be able to lead climb a difficulty of 5.7.

Click here to register for the next 103 course Aug 29-30 2020

Basic Self Rescue Course

The world of Rock Climbing is an adventurous one, and as such, is often filled with the unexpected.  Part of being a competent and well-rounded climber involves not only the skills to climb safely, but also the skills necessary to manage unforeseen circumstances. Our Basic Self Rescue course is designed to be an introduction to the world of Self Rescue primarily focusing on the single pitch environment, while introducing fundamentals that are applicable to all climbing endeavors.  Participants will find themselves taking a deeper look at hazard/risk assessment, developing essential self-rescue skills, and applying them under experienced supervision. 

Pre-requisites: Climbers must have completed a CNS Intro 101 course or possess competent equivalent knowledge.  Additionally, it is recommended that participants have a competent understanding of lead belaying, top-belaying using an auto-blocking device, and have a minimum of 12 days of outdoor climbing experience.

Click here to register for the next course September 5-6th 2020


Advanced Self Rescue Course

The ultimate goal for the Advanced Self Rescue course is for students to possess the core skills and knowledge necessary to handle a variety of self-rescue scenarios in a variety of environments. By learning fundamental techniques that are universal to most Self Rescue scenarios, students will not only be prepared for common risk potentials, but a variety of unexpected and unique situations. Techniques will be isolated, demonstrated, and worked hands-on by participants, and then applied in a contextual high angle scenario to work through the reality of their applications.

Pre-requisites: Climbers must have completed a CNS Basic Self Rescue Course or possess competent equivalent knowledge.  Must have led a minimum of 5 pitches of traditional climbing 5.7 or above. Must have led or seconded, a minimum of 3 multi-pitch climbs. Participants should be comfortable with common techniques of single pitch climbing as well as building a traditional gear anchor, administering a top-belay, setting up a rappel, managing a belay station, and using a number of common climbing knots.

Click here to register for the next course September 11-13th 2020

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