From Beginner to Advanced. LEARN | MASTER | CLIMB with our complete program
Finding the right class that best fits you is much dependent on your experience level. Not sure! Contact us for a consultation.
EVERY SATURDAY in San Diego!
For first time climbers and everyone who needs a refresher on the basics. Our intro to rock climbing class provides a solid foundation on how to use a standard Top Rope setup (as often used in climbing gyms). Top rope climbing is the safest way to practice rock climbing and therefore a great opportunity to learn proper movement techniques and start your outdoor climbing practice.
If you are already an expert at tying your figure eight knot and using the PLUS belaying technique, you may skip the intro class and join our Chillino Sessions program.
After completing our intro class it is time to practice more and climb as much as possible. That’s where Chillino Sessions comes into place!
Benefit from the expertise of our AMGA certified guides. Learn the most efficient way at any of our rock climbing lessons.
Neat three piece trad anchor built by a student in our lead climbing workshop
EVERY 2nd SUNDAY, 7a-11.30am
After learning the basics of top rope climbing (at our intro class) its’s time to master your skills at Sessions. Chillino Sessions is our affordable small group program where you can learn a new skill every time you join. This will grow your confidence in becoming a safe outdoor climber. Sessions are designed to provide an outlet for you to join us frequently – the only way to confidently master safe outdoor climbing practices! For more information on Chillino Sessions and booking – please visit our page here. We recommend to join us for 6 to 10 Sessions! Once you become more solid in your movement and intermediate technical rope skills, it is time to progress up and take our 2 day – GYM 2 CRAG sport or trad climbing course.
Lead climbing is the last step to progress intoA advanced rock climbing techniques. It is often the only way to get up a rock climb and therefore a very valuable skillset to have. Lead climbing implies that no top rope anchor is used when ascending. Instead, the lead climber will attach the rope to the rock as he or she is ascending – ideally every ten feet (sometimes more or less).
In lead climbing, the willingness to risk a potential fall comes with a much higher mental challenge and therefore requires previous climbing experience. Our prerequisites for lead climbing lessons are as follows:
Be efficient at top rope belaying.
Be efficient at tying clean and well dressed figure eight follow through knots.
Have a climbing resumee of at least 50 climbs (indoor or outdoor) at a level of 5.8 or higher.
During our lead rock climbing lessons, students will learn how to lead climb with traditional gear as well as “sport” climbing equipment. The best way to be introduced to the technicalities of lead climbing is mock leading. Mock leading involves two ropes. One tope rope for ultimate safety and one “lead” rope for practicing lead climbing specific skills. While it is a simulated drill it is an amazing experience to have an opportunity to safely tap into the exciting world of lead climbing.
The anchor and basic knots lesson is a series of two lessons that take place in two days. The first day is a 4hrs ground level training that will explore a variety of knots as well as the main concepts of solid anchor building for top rope climbing and multi-pitch climbing. Students have the opportunity to build different anchors on simulation boards in an outdoor classroom environment.
The comfort of being on the ground is a great advantage when it comes to repeating anchor and knot drills over and over. Since repetition plays a huge role in adopting safe rope and anchor skills, the first day is a great preparation for the second lesson outside on the rocks. The second day is a full day of training (8hrs) which is all about applying the anchor concepts and knots to the real world (away from simulation boards). Students use top rope set ups to safely access anchor locations on the rock to then practice their anchor building skills. A second rope that will be trailed up will also prepare each student for the next lesson – Lead climbing.
Here is a breakdown of all the skills you learn at our Lead climbing lesson:
Reading climbing topos