Trad climbing course

Trad is rad! All you need to know to get out there and crash it on your own gear. Suitable for solid sport climbers leading comfortably 6b, ... Climb BETTER, HARDER & MORE !!

Place yourself 600m above the ground with stunning view of the big mountains trying to sort out what peace of gear you need to use in this small crag, your arms totally pumped having your legs dancing Elvis Presly rock’n’roll rhythm. Scary, frustrating, mentaly exhausting, super challenging, … and 100% freaky awesome. This is traditional climbing in its purest form.

 

This trad climbing course is your ticket to new climbing adventures, breathtaking places around the world and special feelings coming from your achievements. The ability to climb trad opens new horizons and will allow you to explore some of the worlds’ best and most iconic climbing routes. If you wanna take your climbing to another level, learn what trad gear you need and how to place it, build safe anchors, abseil (rapel) down, … 

 

We want you to be safe and have fun. Our main goal for this one week course is to show you all the skills of traditional climbing. We will teach you all you need to master to crush it hard and safe - reasonably safe.

 

  • One on one coaching tailored to your needs and unique abilities
  • Lots of time on the rock to apply what you learn
  • max. 4:1 client guide/coach ratio

 

Specific skills you’ll learn include:

  • What equipment you need and how to choose it so you have the best climbing experience while staying safe
  • Building safe belays to get a better understanding of rope technique
  • Stance management; how to handle the rope, hanging belays, ...
  • Abseils and retreats for getting yourself back down to terra firma
  • Climbing calls and communication so you can get your message across to other climbers
  • Self-rescue skills - worth knowing if you want to make it home safely
  • Reading and understanding of guide books and topos, routes finding, …
  • How to choose proper strategy (place a piece or to climb further) to be fast, efficient and safe
  • You’ll develop a good understanding of climbing risks and when to retreat or not climb at all


Adding traditional climbing to your arsenal of skills will give you the confidence to climb higher and more technical routes than ever before. All of this learning takes place in a fun and friendly environment with all the playful Rockbusters crew and lively hospitality thrown in for good measure. We work hard and play hard, and so will you.

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What you need to know

  1. You need to be solid in all sport climbing technical skills as lead belay, cleaning anchors and leading F6a - F6b
  2. Be ready to hike, carry equipment around, spending whole day on the wall, ... Comfort won't be a thing here.
  3. After this week you will be able to hit confidently multi-pitch and trad routes on your own.
  4. Worries free climbing vacation. Book your flights and leave rest to us. We sort out all logistics for you.

Typical day

Have a breakfast, do some stretching and get ready for a big day climbing.

8 - 9am
9.30am

All aboard! We pack into the van or get ready for a hike and head off to the crag.

Starting climbing depending what was agreed night before (big multipitch or few practice routes).

10am - 1pm
1pm

Lunchtime! Pull out your packed lunch and relax on sun with great views. This is also a good time to snap some photos.

Continue climbing. Big wall does not fall in you pocket for free.

1.30 - 5pm
6 - 7pm

Grab a beer/vine, day evaluation and planning for tomorrow.

Time to get something to eat to refill tanks for tomorrow. Who knows where the night will lead…

8pm
10pm

There are no rules but most of us will be in bad this time!

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Accommodation

There is a basic shared accommodation organized by Rockbusters (15€ - 25€ a night). Our main goal is to integrate you into the local climbing communities and for these purposes we use local climbing hostels, cottages, campsites or places run by local climbers. Feel free to reach out to adjust these settings to your personal satisfaction. 

FOOD

Upon arrival before you get to the place of your final destination you will need to stop in the store to shop for breakfast and lunch food for the week. Usually there is equiped kitchen with refrigerator in the place and close by shops to replenish supplies.

There are plenty restaurants and bars in to have dinner. Communal dinners can be organized if required.

More info will be provided after booking/inquiring!

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We provide all the gear, but you will need to bring your own reasonably tight climbing shoes and harness. We have belay devices, slings, and helmets, but you might prefer to bring your own. We strongly suggest bringing a down jacket, a hat, a rain jacket, a pair of comfortable approach shoes, head lamp, sleeping bag, and a backpack big enough for carrying lunch and gear to the crag. 

What’s included

  • Individualized coaching
  • Climbing safety equipment & gear
  • Airport pick up and drop off are organized by shared rental cars FREE of CHARGE
  • Transportation between crags FREE of CHARGE

EXCLUDED

  • Accommmodation (basic shared accommodation will be organized, 15€ - 25€ a night)
  • Transportation to Spain
  • Travel & climbing insurance
  • Food & drinks (group dinner can be purchased for €15 per meal)
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