Rock Climbing Fundamentals

At A Glance

Clock Duration: 2 days (16 hours) for all levels

Experience: Beginner to advanced

Check Bubble Prerequisite: Must have RCF1 certification to advance to RCF2 

Rockaboo Rock Climbing Fundamentals

This 48-hour training program is broken down into three different two-day sessions (RCF1, RCF2, RCF3) and is the perfect option for people that are looking to set themselves up safely for rock climbing in the mountains.

Regardless of your background, working with our industry professionals and their apprentices will set you up for success on your rock climbing journey.

We teach the most contemporary techniques and application in a variety of environments.

Rock Climbing Fundamentals – Level 1

The foundation.

Although we receive many calls requesting to “skip” this level, this is the most important course in a lot of ways. We focus on exploring the physics around rigging for high angle terrain and providing the practical skills necessary to get “top-roping” right away.

We introduce the building blocks of rigging – eight knots and four hitches. Once students have mastered these essentials, the more advanced courses simply apply them in creative ways. At RMA, we strive to make complex problems simple through the effective application of simple techniques.

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  • Course Outline

    Day 1

    • Introductions and waivers
    • The rock climbing environment – hazards and opportunities
    • Knots and hitches – the building blocks
    • The rigging building code
    • Anchors and protection points

    Day 2

    • Belaying, rappelling and lowering
    • Climbing movement fundamentals
    • Dealing with minor emergencies

    Course Details

    2019 Course Dates: June 3 – 4, June 7 – 8 and July 13 – 14

    Duration: 2 days (16 hours)

    Group Size: 2 – 10

    Instructor Certification: MG / AG / AAG / ARG

Rock Climbing Fundamentals – Level 2

Progressing into leading the rope safely and efficiently, applying traditional protection, and looking at multi-pitch strategies for success. Students should have a good understanding of current best practices using knots, hitches, and contemporary rigging building code. This course will challenge students to apply fundamental rigging in more complex situations.

* Pre-requisite: RCF1 or equivalent recognized training provided by certified ACMG guides

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  • Course Outline

    Day 1

    • Introduction and waivers
    • Review of rigging fundamentals and the multi-pitch rock environment
    • Knots and hitches – progression into multi-layered systems
    • Natural and gear anchors, belaying the leader

    Day 2

    • Multi-pitch climbing – belaying, protection systems, and efficient transitions
    • Dealing with traverses and “unusual” situations
    • Progression into more involved high angle improvised rescue situations

    Course Details

    2019 Course Dates: June 24 – 25 and July 19 – 20

    Duration: 2 days (16 hours)

    Group Size: 2 – 10

    Instructor Certification: MG / AG / AAG / ARG

Rock Climbing Fundamentals – Level 3

Route-finding, difficult anchors, protection alternatives, and more advanced rope rescue techniques. Students should have a fairly in-depth background of climbing multi-pitch rock routes using traditional protection and natural anchors. This is an intensive two days of training that prepares students to deal with the realities of challenging modern multi-pitch rock routes.

* Pre-requisite: RCF2 or equivalent recognized training with certified ACMG guides

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  • Course Outline

    Day 1

    • Introduction and waivers
    • Review of multi-pitch strategies, anchors, and belay options
    • Direct anchor belays, load transfers, escaping the belay

    Day 2

    • Improvised rope rescue theory
    • Haul systems
    • Lowering systems
    • Counterbalance rappels
    • Complex emergencies in high angle terrain

    Course Details

    2019 Course Dates: July 5 – 6 and Aug 10 – 11

    Duration: 2 days (16 hours)

    Group Size: 2 – 10

    Instructor Certification: MG / AG / AAG / ARG