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Class size: 3-4

Operating on a non-discriminating basis under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

Direct Aid & Big Wall Technique    Step 9
Donner Pass

This course focuses on the techniques used in direct aid climbing and help prepare you for a "big wall" climb. You'll learn to test and trust your placements and climb with aid slings and daisy chains. Make trick aid placements, clean a pitch following with mechanical ascenders and pack and haul a grade V or VI haulbag. We will finish the course with techniques to descend or "bail" a route with the haulbag.

Skills covered will include:
  • Aid progress with aid slings (etriers) and a daisy chain
  • Testing and trusting placements
  • Leading and following a pendulum traverse
  • Setting up a big wall hanging belay
  • Following and cleaning a pitch with mechanical ascenders
  • Hauling technique; 2:1, 3:1 redirect body hauling
  • Lowering out a haulbag from the lower belay stance
  • Backlining and unjamming a haulbag
  • Multi-pitch rappelling with a haulbag
Cost: Custom rates

Dates: Custom dates through mid October...Contact us to book

  • Placement and removal of artificial anchors including Stoppers® (wedge nuts) and camming units
  • Previous leading experience 5.7 or greater


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