Outdoor Climbing Course 1/3 – Introduction to Rock Climbing
Step outside and sign up for our Outdoor Rock Climbing 3-Course Series.
You will learn new skills, discover beautiful climbing spots, and find joy in outdoor climbing. These courses are aimed at you becoming a more confident climber.
Led by Tim Dunham, Climbing Instructor.
Join (Course 1) by clicking on the links below:
Course 1 – Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Learn the fundamentals about outdoor rock climbing: equipment, safety & communication, hand-foot climbing techniques, understanding guidebooks, and more. You will practice in a group setting on single pitch routes to maximize learning, fun, and safety. This introduction to an outdoor rock climbing course is perfect to begin your outdoor climbing career.
Requirements for course 1:
Some previous climbing experience is recommended. However, if you are fit and keen to try outdoor rock climbing but have never climbed before, we are happy for you to join us.
Tim will meet the group in front of the Ponte Brolla station at 10:00 on Saturday. The first half of the day will be dedicated to understanding the equipment, fundamentals of outdoor climbing, and safety rules. During the second half of the day, you will be able to put theory into practice and rock climb.
At the end of the day, we will drive to a lovely hotel where we will enjoy the evening with a nice dinner and spend the night.
After breakfast on Sunday, we will return to the crag and practice the skills we learned on Saturday. After a second full day of climbing, we will walk back to Ponte Brolla station and return home.
How to get there?
If you are traveling from Zurich, we recommend you to take the following trains:
- Zurich HB 07:33 – 10:00 Ponte Brolla (via Bellinzona and Locarno)
- Ponte Brolla 16:51 – 19:27 Zurich HB (via Locarno and Bellinzona) – depending on when we finish climbing
Price for one weekend: CHF 420
Package price for all 3 weekends: CHF 1,160 (CHF 100 discount)
What does the price include?
- Accommodation on Saturday night, including dinner, bed, and breakfast (Boato Bistrot & Bed)
- 2 full days of climbing in a small group with a dedicated climbing instructor
- Climbing equipment: ropes, quickdraws, carabiners, etc.
What does the price NOT include?
- Transport to and from Ponte Brolla station
- Packed lunches
- Packed lunch for Saturday and Sunday
- Climbing shoes
- Climbing helmet
- Harness and belay device (can be rented out for an additional CHF 20)
- Chalk bag if you have one
In case of cancellation of the event by the organiser (due to bad weather), please make sure that you are available on 24 & 25 April for a make-up weekend.
Minimum number of participants: 3
Maximum number of participants: 6
Once registered, please pay a 50% deposit within 7 days and the balance by 10 March 2021.
Other Courses in this Outdoor Climbing Series
Course 2 – Lead Sport Climbing, Belaying, and Anchors:
Learn how to sport climb on real rock and the skills needed to keep you safe. Instruction includes: lead climbing & belaying, rope management, clipping an express, setting & clearing anchors, equipment, and communication. This course will create a great foundation for your confidence as a climber & future climbing trips.
Requirements for course 2:
Participation in Course 1 – Introduction to Rock Climbing, or previous experience with indoor or outdoor lead climbing. Even if you join course 1, we might ask you to join a 1-day climbing event on 11 or 12 June to practice the skills learned in course 1 before starting lead climbing (depending on your level).
Course 3 – Alpine Rock Climbing:
Apply your newly acquired skills from courses 1 & 2 at an Alpine Rock Climbing weekend. This is the trip at the end of the season when it all comes together, by practicing your lead climbing, belaying and anchor skills in a high-altitude setting. We’ll stay overnight in a mountain hut with access to climbing routes right out the front
Requirements for course 3:
Participation in Course 2 – Lead Sport Climbing, Belaying and Anchors, or previous experience with outdoor lead climbing.
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood, and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.