Beyond Basics Rock Climbing
A great course for developing outdoor rock climbers - Level 2
Go beyond the basics with this informative rock climbing course designed for those who are ready to take the next step. In this class you will learn how to setup a basic top-rope anchor, rappel safely, and improve your climbing movement techniques. Our professional climbing instructors will provide valuable feedback while you push your climbing ability on challenging routes. This course is perfect for graduates of the Introduction to Rock Climbing class and for intermediate to advanced gym climbers looking to make the transition to outdoor rock climbing.
We'll start the day at the top of the rock and go over top rope anchor set ups, general anchoring principles, and the most common knots used to construct them. In addition, we will take an in-depth look at climbing gear history, application, strength, and care. After this, we will move to the base of the rock where you will be introduced to climbing techniques for cracks, slabs, route finding, energy conservation, and more. You will have time on the rock to practice these skills while challenging yourself with coaching from your guide. To finish off a great day, you will learn the necessary climbing skill of rapelling and learn about both assisted and solo back up techniques.
General topics covered
- Simple top-rope anchor set up and principles
- Introduction to knots for webbing and static line
- Climbing gear history, application, strength, and care
- Intermediate to advanced rock climbing movement skills
- Rappelling technique and safety
- Lots of climbing time on a variety of challenging routes.
Locations and Time:
Castle Rock State Park, South Bay Area: 9am-3pm
Mount Tamalpais, North Bay Area: 9am-3pm
Prerequistes:Intro to Rock Climbing Class
What to Bring
- Comfortable clothes for cold and hot weather
- Shoes or boots with good traction
- 2-3 quarts of water
- Retainer straps for glasses
- Personal climbing gear (optional and subject to instructor / guide approval)
- Medium size backpack to carry your items
- Consider bringing a tip for your instructor / guide for exceptional service
Outback Adventures Provides:
- All essential climbing gear
- Safety equipment
- Professional and friendly instructors / guides
Directions to Castle Rock State Park From San Jose
From San Jose, take Highway 85 North to the Saratoga Avenue exit. Turn left (Southwest) and follow the road through downtown Saratoga. Once in downtown Saratoga you will be on Highway 9. Continue on Highway 9 until you reach the stop sign at the summit. Turn left onto Skyline Boulevard. Follow the road for a few miles. The park will be located on your right. If you park in the main parking lot you will have to pay a $6 day use fee. Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to get to Castle Rock after exiting Highway 85. Last food and gas is located in downtown Saratoga.
Meeting Place: Meet just outside the main parking lot at Castle Rock State Park.
Directions to Mount Tamalpais from San Francisco
From San Francisco, go North on 101. When you are just North of Sausalito, take the Highway 1 North exit towards Stinson Beach. Stay on Highway 1 through town and continue for a little over three miles. Turn right onto Panoramic Highway and continue up the road towards Mt. Tamapais. Follow the signs toward the East Summit and continue all the way to the end of the road where you will find a large parking lot. Please be prepared for the parking fee of $8. There is a rest room, refreshment stand, and drinking water. Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to get to Mount Tamalpais after exiting Highway 101. Last food and gas is located in Tamalpais Valley Junction, just off Highway 101.
Meeting Place: Meet at the Mount Tamalpais East Peak parking area next to the restrooms.
Directions to Cragmont Rock Park in Berkeley
960 Regal Rd, at Easter Way, Berkeley CA
From San Francisco: Take the Bay Bridge and follow the signs for the 80/580 interchange toward San Rafael then follow the directions below.
From San Jose: Take 880 North. Once you pass the Bay Bridge follow the signs for the 80/580 interchange toward San Rafael, then follow the directions below.
From Marin: Take the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge toward Richmond then follow the directions below.
Directions: From 80/580 in Berkeley, exit Buchanan Street and head East toward the hills. Buchanan Street will change its name to Marin Avenue. Once you pass up The Alameda there will be a center median that forces you to veer slightly right then left. Continue straight on Marin Avenue and pass through the roundabout. Drive about a half mile and make a right onto Regal Road. On the second bend in the road look for the Cragmont Rock Park on your right. Park alongside the road near the portable restroom.
Meeting Place: From the street, walk up the trail to your right and into a clearing. Meet your guide(s) at the picnic tables.
This trip takes place in multiple locations. Be sure you look at the correct location map for your trip below.
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