Experienced Climbers

Never Stop Learning

This session at Climb So iLL teaches participants the principles of changing anchors while sport climbing outdoors. In addition to learning about fixed anchor configurations typically found at sport climbing areas, this class will teach participants how to rappel and retrieve their sport climbing equipment.

Who should take this course?

Every climber who climbs outside.

  • Proficient in lead climbing and lead belaying.
  • Climb So iLL
  • 3 Hours
  • Non-Members: $84 per Person
  • Climb So iLL Members: $71.40 per Person

This course is an extension of Rope Skills 3.  It is specifically designed for individuals looking to take the skills they have learned in the gym out to the crag.  In addition to learning advanced lead climbing skills, outdoor climbing technique tips, and how to retrieve your equipment, climbers will also learn what social and environmental factors to consider when climbing outside. Specifically, individuals will learn how to read a route outside, technique for climbing outside, and how to evaluate anchors and sport bolts.

Participants interested in this course must know how to lead climb and lead belay in order to enroll.

This course may be taught outdoors or indoors at Climb So iLL. Climb So iLL members receive a 15% discount.

Who should take this course?

Climbers who learned to climb in a gym.

  • 2 : 1 – $175 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – $150 per Person
  • 4 : 1 – $125 per Person
  • Cedar Bluff
Gear Supplied
  • Climbing Hardware
  • Climbing Ropes
  • Helmet
  • Instruction from AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor
Required Gear
  • Harness
  • Belay Device w/Locking Carabiner
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Chalk Bag

This gear is required for the course. If needed, items can be rented from Vertical Voyages.

This full-day course is perfect for those interested in rock climbing outside on their own. In this course, the focus is on developing your confidence and knowledge with top roping systems. Participants should have basic climbing skills including belaying and tying in on their own.

Who should take this course?

All Climbers and Top-Rope Climbers

Course Outline
  • Knots & Belay Systems for Top-Roping
  • Equalization Techniques
  • Evaluating Fixed, Artificial, and Natural anchors
  • Hazard Management and Edge Safety
  • Practice Setting Up Top-Ropes.
  • Rappelling & Backup Systems (Time Permitting)
  • 1 : 1 – $275 per Person
  • 2 : 1 – $175 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – $150 per Person
  • 4 : 1 – $125 per Person

This is an abbreviated version of our Comprehensive Anchors Course.   This half-day course focuses on using trees and boulders for setting top-rope anchors and reducing impact on cliff-line vegetation.   You will learn how to extend anchors from these natural anchors safely and efficiently.   We also teach you how to secure and protect yourself while working near the cliff’s edge.   Understanding how to build and evaluate climbing anchors is a foundational skill that all climbers should know.

Who should take this course?

Climbers that live in areas that require only trees and boulders for anchoring.

  • 1 : 1 – $175 per Person
  • 2 : 1 – $100 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – $75 per Person
  • 4 – 5 : 1 – $65 per Person
  • Pere Marquette Area

This 2-day course introduces climbers to the art of climbing natural (unbolted) routes. Trad is the purest form of climbing. The emphasis is on problem solving and critical thinking skills – both of which are necessary to engage traditionally protected routes. Participants must have sport leading experience and be comfortable on the rock to benefit from this course.

  • Comfortable Hiking with a Light Pack
  • Comfortable Climbing 5.8 – 5.9 on Top-Rope
  • Lead Belay Trained
Course Outline
  • Types of Gear (Passive and Active)
  • Proper Placement on Rock Quality Evaluation
  • Run of the Rope
  • Building Anchors
  • Racking Gear
  • The Art of Falling
  • Mock Lead Practice
Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Demo Climb
  • Preparing and Racking
  • Gear Placements
  • Lunch
  • Practice Session
  • Gear Anchors and Belaying
Day 2
  • Belaying from Above
  • Risk Assessment
  • Rope Management
  • Getting Down
  • Practice Session
  • Conclusion
Required Gear
  • Personal Climbing Gear (Shoes, Harness, Belay Device, etc.)
  • Trad Rack

If you do not own a trad rack, we have gear for you to use and experiment with during the course.

Supplied Gear
  • Trad Rack (Cams, Stoppers, Hexes, etc.)
  • Alpine Draws
  • Anchoring Materials
  • PDF Outline of the Course Content with Links to Additional Online Resources

Participants are responsible for transportation, food, and lodging during the course

  • Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas
  • Sam’s Throne, Arkansas
  • 1 : 1 – $595 per Person
  • 2 : 1 – $395 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – 4 : 1 – $295 per Person