Aid Climbing Program


Have you built up the resume needed to scale large granite monoliths like El Cap and Half Dome, or maybe the giant, sandstone buttresses of Zion and Red Rock but can’t quite free the entire route? Understanding the fundamentals and systems of aid climbing is an essential part of any climbers toolbox if freeing 5.12 isn’t exactly in your deck of cards! In our customized aid climbing programs we’ll tailor a course to fit your desires and goals, making those big wall fantasies become reality. Depending on your desires we’ll customize a 2-3 day program focusing on the below topics, ensuring you’re comfortable with these applications and systems by the end of your course.

  • Direct aid with active and passive gear (cams and stoppers), utilizing the "french free" technique.

  • Traditional aid with aiders and a daisy chain.

  • Aid gear vs. traditional gear for protection.

  • Hooking/ cam hook techniques and applications.

  • Jumaring a free hanging rope.

  • Jumaring to clean traditional/ aid gear.

  • How to pendulum.

  • How to haul and rig a haul bag.

  • Logistics (food, camping gear, prep).