WEST HARTFORD ROCK CLIMBING
Eastern Mountain Sports
1459A New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110
The EMS Climbing School offers a wide variety of customized climbing programs for every ability and group size. In addition to scheduled classes we can custom tailor a day of climbing to suit your needs. Programs are available at all climbing locations 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Take advantage of making any climbing day a private day and maximize your time on the cliff. Call 800-310-4504 or email email@example.com to set-up a custom climbing program today.
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Our most popular program! This concentrated program takes beginning climbers through the comprehensive progression of our two main courses: Rock Climbing 101 and Rock Climbing 201. After these two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and variety of experience to think and respond to challenges on the cliff as a true climber. It’s a perfect way to cover a lot of vertical ground, and save some money at the same time!
Now that you’ve completed Rock Climbing 101, you’re ready to really put those skills to use on the cliff. We’ll build off your basic climbing knowledge and focus on application: when is it best to use one technique rather than another? Which gear is most appropriate for which situation? Is it best to steer toward the cracks, or stick with the footholds on the face? All these issues can be addressed while getting in some great climbing, and we can add pitches of different character or difficulty as we go, depending upon your needs.
When it is time to start heading out on your own, you’ll want to hit this course first. We’ll take your knowledge and experience on the rock and fine-tune it to address the myriad issues that come with establishing toprope systems. You’ll learn how to assess a site for climbing and anchoring potential, and how to set anchors at the top and bottom of the crag using a variety of methods and materials. We’ll also cover how to deal with the typical issues that can complicate a day of toproping: difficult cliff-top access, troublesome situations at the edge, awkward descent options, and other potential problems.