EDUCATION COURSES

The courses below are being offered for the 2020 year and are subject to change. If you have any questions please email arianna@flashfoxy.com

We have canceled all of our April, May & June classes due to COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email info@flashfoxy.com

GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION

All courses will be held outdoors at local climbing areas (weather permitting). Courses are 2 days, 6-8 hours per day. Each day will include instruction/practice on the ground and skills demonstration/practice on the rock. The course days will be divided between instruction and hands-on practice with the skills. Our goal is for participants to develop a working knowledge of the skills presented in each course, therefore we will provide each student with time to practice and receive one-on-one coaching from an instructor.

Includes:

  • 2 full days of climbing instruction with Flash Foxy instructors, in partnership with Women’s Wilderness and Whitney’s Basecamp – expect to be outdoors 6-8 hours per day (roughly 8:00am – 5:00pm, weather and temperature dependent).
  • We will provide climbing equipment – personal climbing gear (harness, helmet, shoes and belay device) and group gear (ropes and hardware). However, we do recommend that participants bring their own climbing equipment (subject to instructor inspection and discretion).

Cost: $375 per course

Does NOT include: 

  • Meals/beverages
  • Transport to and from the climbing area

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

INTRO TO OUTDOORS: SPORT CLIMBING (2 DAY COURSE)

  • CANCELED 4/11 – 4/12 with Becca Droz in partnership with Women’s Wilderness. LOCATION: Clear Creek Canyon, CO
  • CANCELED 4/18 – 4/20 with Amy Ness in partnership with Whitney Basecamp. LOCATION: Alabama Hills, CA

Rock Climbing outdoors is an amazing experience! Do you think you want to try it? Or you’ve already been a few times, tagging along with more experienced partners, but you aren’t confident about your own skills? This introductory course will help you develop the skills needed to start sport climbing outdoors.

This course will include instruction and practice on the ground and skills demonstration and practice on the rock on single-pitch, bolted sport climbs. There will be opportunity to top rope and lead climb (for those who are interested).

The course will cover the following topics.

  • Equipment overview
  • Choosing and reading routes
  • Movement on real rock
  • Sport leading, “mock” leading (lead climbing with an additional top-rope) and lead falls (if you’re interested!)
  • Lead belay techniques and considerations
  • Building and cleaning sport anchors
  • Being responsible outdoor climber (awareness of common hazards, environmental impacts and other people).

Prerequisite: experience top-rope and/or lead belaying.

Cost: $375 USD

LEADING TRAD (2 DAY COURSE)

  • CANCELED 4/25 – 2/26 with Becca Droz in partnership with Women’s Wilderness. LOCATION: Boulder Canyon, CO
  • CANCELED 5/09 – 5/10 with with Amy Ness in partnership with Whitney Basecamp. LOCATION: Bishop, CA

Cracks, cams and jams! Do you want to develop your skills and confidence for leading cracks? Are you interested in new adventures in climbing? This course will focus on developing your skills for leading traditional rock climbs. Leading trad will open up the doors for new challenges on single pitch climbs and for adventures such as multi-pitch, mountain and big wall climbing. Whether you have a specific goal/project in mind or you want to generally develop your skills for traditional climbing, this course will help you take the next step.

This course includes instruction/practice on the ground and skills demonstration/practice on the rock. We will practice on single-pitch crack/traditionally protected climbs. Activities include: top-roping to focus on crack technique, “mock” leading to practice placing gear while climbing (with the opportunity to lead for those who are interested AND placing consistently solid protection), practice falls in a controlled setting and work on your mental game.

This course will cover the following skills:

  • assessing rock quality
  • gear selection and racking
  • understanding trad (traditional) gear
  • preparing for a challenging lead (including just “getting the rope up there” to practice a climb on top rope)
  • crack climbing technique
  • trad anchors
  • safe and efficient gear placement
  • leading and “mock” leading (lead climbing with an additional top-rope) on trad gear
  • tips for your mental game
  • how to trust your gear and fall

Prerequisite: Experience leading and lead belaying (sport, trad or gym). Preferred: Flash Foxy Intro to Outdoors course (or equivalent experience) and some experience placing traditional gear.

Cost: $375 USD

MULTI-PITCH: TECHNIQUES + EFFICIENCY (2 DAY COURSE)

  • CANCELED 5/23 – 5/24 with Amy Ness in partnership with Women’s Basecamp. LOCATION: Alabama Hills, CA
  • CANCELED 5/30 – 5/31 with Becca Droz and Azissa Singh in partnership with Women’s Wilderness. LOCATION: Boulder Canyon, CO

Red Rocks, Yosemite walls, alpine scrambles- there are so many possibilities with multi-pitch climbing! The skills required are so much more than just climbing one single pitch on top of another single pitch. You need to bring just the right amount of stuff, manage ropes, belay from above, transition between pitches and get back to the ground. This multi-pitch course will help you develop your skills to get up and down a multi-pitch route as efficiently and safely as possible.

This course will include skills instruction and practice on the ground, then we will transition into a vertical setting. In order to accommodate group instruction, we will predominately practice “mock” multi-pitch in a single pitch or short multi-pitch setting.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • route selection/reading route tops
  • considerations for what to bring (gear, clothing, food, water, etc)
  • anchor considerations
  • belaying from above
  • rope management
  • making smooth/efficient transition between pitches
  • when and how to bail
  • pro tips for safer rappelling

Prerequisite: Intro to Outdoors course (or equivalent experience)

Cost: $375 USD

SELF RESCUE (2 DAY COURSE)

  • CANCELED 5/9 – 5/10 with Azissa Singh in partnership with Women’s Wilderness. LOCATION: Boulder Canyon, CO
  • CANCELED 6/13 – 6/14 with Josie McKee and Amy Ness in partnership with Women’s Basecamp. LOCATION: Pine Creek Canyon, CA
  • CANCELED 6/27 – 6/28 with Azissa Singh and Becca Droz in partnership with Women’s Wilderness. LOCATION: Boulder Canyon, CO

When you partner gets injured, you rappelled past the anchor, or the terrain is simply too hard, having a handful of tricks up your sleep could make the difference between having a small misadventure or having to call for a rescue. In this clinic, you will learn and practice the skills to get you and your climbing partner to safety when you multi-pitch doesn’t go as planned.

This is a skills intensive course and will be focused on developing proficiency with techniques on the ground, then transferring them into a vertical (single-pitch setting). Note: the course involves ground school and hanging in your harness working on skills and includes very little rock climbing!

This course will cover the following skills:

  • mastery of ATC guide or reverse (or other tube-style locking belay devices).
    • They are useful for so much more than just belaying!
  • load transfers
  • belay escape, passing a knot, unweighting a stuck haul bag, etc.
  • rope ascension
  • rappels- preventing things from going wrong and what to do when things do go wrong
  • hauling systems
  • practice scenarios that involve practical application of the above skills

This is an intermediate/advanced level clinic.

Prerequisites: Flash Foxy Multi-pitch course, plus personal multi-pitch experience (sport or trad) OR multi-pitch experience, including the ability to build an equalized anchor, belay from above and set-up a rappel without coaching.

Cost: $375 USD

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