Outdoor Classes & Guiding

OUTDOOR LEAD CLIMBING

Do you love leading in the gym but are hesitant to jump into sport climbing outdoors? Our professional guides will help you to make the transition. This one day course will help get you comfortable with outdoor sport climbing. We will teach you how to get yourself into the situations you want and out of the ones you don’t.

Curriculum

  • Learn about the gear we use and why there are so many options.
  • Gain experience with a variety of our gear before you invest in your own.
  • Learn successful strategies for completing a route.
  • Learn the proper techniques for cleaning an anchor.
  • Learn how to use a stick clip and the safety advantages it provides.
  • Assess inherent hazards on a route and possible ways to mitigate them.
  • Practice leading!

Prerequisites: Lead climb/belay certified in the gym, minimum 3 months climbing experience

Price: $139.95 (member price- $125.96)

ANCHOR BUILDING

A great first step in becoming an independent climber is learning how to build your own top anchor. This one day course will teach you pneumonic devices and take you through the basics of creating climbing anchors and placing protection. It will give you the skills needed to set up your own top-rope anchor outside and is the first step towards learning traditional climbing techniques.

Curriculum

  • Learn the tools and equipment needed to climb on your own at outdoor climbing areas.
  • Learn essential knots and how to use various climbing protection such as cams, nuts, and natural protection.
  • Gain insight and skills on how to manage your top rope site.
  • Learn the best practices for building SERENE climbing anchors and SCORED gear placements.

Price: $139.95 (member price- $125.96)

RAPPELLING AND ASCENDING

Whether you are looking to learn these essential skills for climbing, caving or canyoneering; this one day course will get you comfortable with rappelling and ascending a rope. Our guides will take you through a hands on learning experience that will get you comfortable with rigging various rappelling and ascending set-ups on both mechanical and non-mechanical devices.

Curriculum

  • Learn and practice both single and double rope rappels.
  • Learn to anchor yourself and transition safely from an anchor to a rappel.
  • Learn various safety back-ups.
  • Practice with and learn the differences between various rappelling and ascending devices.
  • Learn to execute correct body position when rappelling and ascending for stability and efficiency.
  • Practice efficient ascending techniques using both friction knots and mechanical ascenders.
  • Practice ascending and rappelling.

Prerequisites: No experience required

Price: $139.95 (member price- $125.96)

TRADITIONAL CLIMBING

Sport climbing uses permanently fixed protection known as bolts, but traditional ("Trad") climbing puts you in charge of placing removable protection and building anchors that will keep you off the ground. This course will expand on how to place nuts and camming devices on lead and how to recognize a solid or dubious placement. This two day course is packed full of vital information to help you become a successful and knowledgeable Trad climber.

Curriculum

  • Refine your anchor building skills and learn techniques for building anchors quickly.
  • Learn route finding skills and the mental aspects of leading Trad climbs.
  • Learn rope management and how to set up rappels efficiently.
  • Practice mock leading and placing gear with coaching and direct feedback from your instructor.
  • Learn how to evaluate and manage hazards on the climb.
  • Experience actually leading a Trad climb (as long as you and your instructor feel you are ready).
  • Gain strategies and practice for successful leads.
  • If time permits, you can get an overview of multi-pitch climbing, self-rescue, and retreat techniques.

Prerequisites: lead climb and belay certified at the gym, Anchor Building Class or basic anchor building skills, and 6 months of climbing experience

Price: $229.95 ($206.96-member price)

Due to restrictions from the Forest Service, Crag Days are currently not being scheduled. Please stay tuned for updates. If you are interested to be placed on a waiting list and be notified when classes restart, please send an email to Christian@stoneagegym.com

CRAG DAYS

Stone Age Crag Days are the perfect venue to gain experience with outdoor climbing in a fun and casual setting. Want to go outside, but don’t have the gear, or know where to go, or how to set up ropes? Maybe you just need a rope gun, or a friendly group of partners. While there is not a set instructional curriculum for the day, you are sure to learn a lot from your professional guide. Join Stone Age at a variety of local crags in the Sandias, the Jemez, and Socorro to enjoy a day of climbing outdoors stress free! We provide all the gear, plan the trip, and take care of the scariest parts of the day. Climbers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Price: $49.95 (member price- $44.96)