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Essentials Of AidSM

Practicing “clean” aid

Students Per Instructor: 1 or 2
Course Length: 2 Days (approx. 8 hours per day)
Seasons Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall
Alpine Mastery Method: Rock Mastery - Level III
Prerequisites: Leading Skills Evaluation

Course Cost:
Booked through
Private Instruction
One student per instructor: $800
Two students per instructor: $500/person

Course Summary: This course teaches the fundamentals of aid climbing, including specialized equipment, techniques and attitudes needed to become an aid climber.


Course Description:
It’s sometimes called “artificial” climbing but we promise the experience will be very real! Any time you use your equipment to advance on the rock rather than as a safety measure you are said to be using “aid.” Aid, or artificial climbing, is often frowned upon by today's free climbers, but there are times when it is needed. And, if you thrive on the thrill of exposure, there is nothing quite like it.

We begin by introducing you to étriers, fifi hooks, jumars, daisy chains, and assorted other specialized paraphernalia associated with aid climbing. You'll gain first-hand knowledge of the complexities inherent in the process by leading and seconding short routes on fixed placements, followed by longer climbs on gear you've placed yourself. You'll master the basic skills required for climbing vertical walls and roofs as well as those needed to clean a pitch while following on mechanical ascenders. We will also teach you how to complete uncomplicated tension traverses.

A knowledge of aid climbing can provide a useful addition to your repertoire of free climbing skills and it is essential if you aspire to climb big walls.

Because students do all of the leading during this course, successful completion of our Leading Skills Evaluation is a prerequisite.

“Jugging”, suspended in étriers

Leading aid requires lots of gear

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