Our 3-day big wall climbing course will give you everything you need to attempt big wall climbs. We will be looking at how to prepare for the climb, how to tackle the climb itself, and how to manage your equipment during the climb. Also, the course covers clean and hammered aid techniques, and the use of portaledges (or hanging tent systems).
On the Big Wall Climbing Course, we will cover the following areas:
- The aid system and how it works
- Clean aid climbing
- Hammered aid climbing
- Marginal gear placements
- Fixing ropes
- Rope care
- Other aid climbing systems
- Stance and rope management
- Setting up a portaledge, and taking it down
If you have always wanted to go and climb a big wall, but unsure where to start. Aid climbing is a specific technique that provides climbers with the ability to get up routes that may be too hard to free climb. This is the perfect place to learn. On the big wall climbing course, we will look at different aid climbing systems, i.e. clean aid climbing and hammered aid climbing. Also, we will look at marginal placements, i.e. skyhooks, cam hooks, beaks and RURP’s, this is the exciting part. It always feels a little disconcerting what you can actually hang on, but impressive at the same time.
On the big wall climbing course, we will cover jumaring up a rope. Which is the more efficient way of a second following a route. And lastly, hauling and lowering of haul bags. How to release the bags, what systems to use, and what to do when they get stuck. Read our article on aid climbing for further information and what you may need to learn before attempting your own big wall adventure.