This two day class is for experienced, multi-pitch trad climbers to learn basic skills needed for grade V and grade VI big walls (technical rock climbs that take two or more days to complete). We will cover the skills that you will need to clean-aid climb, haul and jumar. This is the perfect class for someone who has climbed some multi-pitch climbs but lacks the confidence and/or know-how to sleep on a wall.

Learning to climb big walls can be overwhelming so this class breaks it down into three categories; leading (aid climbing), cleaning (ascending a rope) and hauling. Day one we go over the basics of each category and on day two we go deeper into each category learning all the technical skills needed.

*Prerequisites have at least some experience on multi pitch climbs.



Advanced Rock Craft Educational Program -Intro to Big Wall 

Climbing classes taught by Miranda Oakley with FIFTHclass Climbing School in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. 

Established to provide continuing education for climbers seeking mentorship in reaching their climbing goals. With years of teaching, guiding and climbing experience, Miranda has come up with class curricula that involve hands-on learning for participants under the safety and supervision of an AMGA certified guide.

Over the past few years, climbing has become insanely popular with more people than ever tackling elite climbing goals. With fatal climbing accidents in Yosemite NP averaging two per year, the need for climbing mentorship and classes is higher than ever,  not only to keep climbers safe but also to teach solid climbing ethics in order to minimize our environmental impact as the sport grows. 

These classes steer students towards learning-oriented goals rather than summit goals.  The emphasis needs to shift, there is no shame in bailing off of a big climb…we learn more from bailing than we do from reaching the summit. As long as you’re safe, learning something valuable and having fun then your climbing is a success.

*Pricing is based on the ratio of students per guide. There must be a minimum of 3 participants for each class to run. Price includes camping for two nights with the option to rent camping gear (tent and sleeping bag) and 2 days of instruction and climbing.

Additional Information
Trip Sessions

APRIL 20-21ST, MAY 4-5TH (Women & Under Represented Genders

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