Introduction to Traditional Climbing

Location

Prescott, Arizona

Group Size

Max 8 people

Duration

24 hours

Difficulty

Extreme

Starting At

$318.00/person

​This is not your average "Intro to Trad" course! Granite Mountain Guides has collected its years of experience from climbing all over the world in a wide variety of terrain to create a Traditional Climbing Course that will make you the climber you seek to climb with! This course covers placing traditional gear, how to use the terrain to your advantage, and provides foundational self-rescue skills.

Our three-day Introduction to Traditional Climbing Course is designed for those who have had the opportunity to climb outdoors and familiarize themselves with common climbing systems required for Lead Climbing. This course is all-encompassing and starts off with a ground school session, where the fundamentals of bolted and traditional anchors are re-examined and then new types of anchors are discussed. From there it provides the necessary skills to put it into practice by providing mock-lead climbs for every participant. Additionally, the basics of self-rescue will also be covered and each participant will have an opportunity to practice all of these new skills while under the supervision of an experienced, AMGA trained instructor. 

This course does NOT include instruction on how to lead climb. If you wish to learn the skills of placing traditional gear for anchors, please look at our Advanced Anchors Course.


What's included

Climbing Shoes

Rock climbing shoes are available from Sz. 5-13. Please let us know if you are outside of this range so that we can make accommodations!

Harness

Harnesses are available in Sz. XS-XL. Please let us know if you are outside of this range so that we can make accommodations!

Helmet

Helmets are available in Unisex sizing for Kids, Young Adults, and Adults.

Granite Mountain Guides, LLC

Prescott, AZ +1 (480) 748-1437

Granite Mountain Guides is a locally owned and operated organization that prides itself on serving the local outdoor community and anyone that wishes to experience it for themselves. Focused on quality instruction and experiences while providing a positive, risk-managed environment to learn.

 

The Guides


Where you'll meet

The details

What to bring

  • Lunch food or snacks
  • Personal hiking/climbing clothing and equipment
  • Personal rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, rock shoes, etc.) recommended

Cancellation Policy

***UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY***
We'll notify participants on a case-by-case basis if anything changes with a course or trip they have registered for. 


To provide customers with flexibility and peace of mind, we are currently waiving our 48-hour cancellation requirement, should you wish to cancel or transfer due to COVID-19 health or safety concerns—or for any reason at all. You can cancel through contacting [email protected]

If GMG cancels for any reason, you will receive a full refund, but please note: bad weather does not mean automatic cancellation. We’ll always notify you if your course or trip has been canceled.

Cancellation by the Participant
YOU MAY CANCEL YOUR TRIP FOR A FULL REFUND AT ANY TIME UP TO 48-HOURS PRIOR TO THE COURSE OR TRIP START DATE, otherwise your payment will be forfeited according to the following schedule. Inside of 48-hrs you may cancel the trip at any time up until 24-hrs prior to the course or trip start date retaining a full credit for a future course or trip, less a 25% rebooking fee. Cancellation within 24-hrs of a course or the trip start date will result in the issuing of a credit for a future trip minus a 50% rebooking fee, so please consider purchasing travel insurance if you think short notice cancellation is a possibility. No refunds for weather-related delays or weather-related changes in trip itineraries. No credits or refunds for no-shows or those opting to leaving early.

Cancellation by Granite Mountain Guides
In rare circumstances, we may need to cancel a scheduled course or trip. Granite Mountain Guides reserves the right to cancel any course or trip for any reason, at any time. Typically cancellations by Granite Mountain Guides are the result of either extreme weather conditions, unavailability of instructors/guides (e.g. illness), or the inability to gather enough participants to run a course.  In such cases, all participants who have signed up and paid deposits or full-trip payments will first be offered a 100% credit towards a future course or trip with Granite Mountain Guides. If that is not able to be agreed upon, participants will be refunded their payment, less any applicable credit card transaction fees incurred by Granite Mountain Guides as a consequence of processing credit card transactions. We cannot refund travel arrangements (e.g. airline flights, rental cars, etc.) which is why we strongly recommend travel insurance.

Our precautions for COVID-19

What you can expect from us:

Health Assessment
Participants, guides and instructors will perform health screenings prior to the event, evaluating any possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. On the day of the scheduled course or trip, participants will again be asked about any symptoms or exposure and may have their temperatures checked. We also require all employees to check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before each shift and to stay home if they feel unwell.

Face Coverings
Participants, guides and instructors will be required to wear CDC-recommended face coverings at all times. When physical distancing is possible, there may be exceptions made during strenuous activities. While being worn, all face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings made of mesh or other loosely knit fabric are not permitted.

Sanitized Equipment
Gear and equipment intended to be used by one person for the duration of the outing will be issued on an individual basis. Everything gets cleaned and disinfected after each outing, or will be regularly sanitized throughout, depending on its use.

Small Group Sizes
Granite Mountain Guides courses and trips have always been designed for smaller groups. Because of the pandemic, we are further reducing group sizes and encouraging  more private group bookings. Smaller groups let us spread out more during meals/breaks and activities.

Physical Distancing
Whether on the trail or on the rock, guides will support physical distancing between participants during activities whenever possible. Even while physically distanced from one another, participants must wear face coverings except during very strenuous activities away form the guides or other participants.

COVID-19 safety precautions provided by Granite Mountain Guides, LLC and are not checked for accuracy by Origin.