Outdoor Falling Commitment Camp

tuition $225
Friday, july 26, 2019
Governor Dodge State Park

This training addresses falling directly to help improve commitment. We do progressive falling practice, followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Finally, students apply everything to a goal route. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks and how to commit to those risks.

prerequisites

  • Able to toprope 5.8 in a gym with no falls

  • Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week

  • At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

Suggested Preparation

Read Espresso Lessons, by Arno Ilgner.

equipment

Bring usual climbing equipment plus rope and draws. A helmet is also required.

curriculum

  • Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay

  • Break a climb into smaller risk events

  • Assess risks effectively

  • Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones

  • Engage no- and yes-fall zones appropriately

  • Make appropriate risk decisions

  • Improve body and mind awareness

  • Rest effectively

  • Improve breathing

  • Create flow and momentum

  • Deal with climbing stress

  • Commit more deliberately

  • Reduce fear


Trad Mental Camp

tuition $425
Sat & Sun, july 27 & 28, 2019
Devil’s Lake State Park

This course is specifically targeted toward developing better mental focus for leading trad routes. To accomplish this, we need to develop trust in our gear and jamming ability. We’ll develop this trust by falling on gear, moving continuously when jamming, quick and precise gear placement and improving mental focus through application of the Warrior’s Way. You’ll leave knowing how to take appropriate risks on trad routes with improved mental focus.

prerequisites

  • Able to lead 5.8 sport, or top-rope 5.9 with no falls

  • Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week

  • At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

  • Some experience following or leading trad routes

Suggested Preparation

Read Espresso Lessons, by Arno Ilgner.

equipment

Bring usual climbing equipment plus rope and draws. A helmet is also required.

curriculum

  • To place and assess trad protection

  • Trad jamming skills

  • Trusting trad gear by falling on it

  • Assessing risks effectively, allowing you to take appropriate risks Improve commitment and mental focus

  • Improve safety awareness

We will not be covering:

  • Equalizing anchors

  • Multi-pitch transitions

  • Other basic trad skills


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About Jon Richard

Jon is the owner and founder of Vertical Voyages based in St. Louis, MO. He launched the company in June of 2009 in response to the growing number of climbing gyms in the Midwest. In 2008, Jon became a Warrior’s Way trainer and since has taught clinics, both indoor and outdoor throughout the United States. His approach helps clients address the limitations created by the mind and learn to use their attention in powerful way. Being intentional and focusing attention properly helps them to know the difference between healthy fear and phantom fears. Knowing the difference helps them enjoy climbing more and take appropriate risks. Jon is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and also teaches clinics for the American Alpine Club. He is an AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor (SPI) Provider.