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We’ve climbed El Cap 20 times, including a free ascent of the Freerider, we’ve put up big wall first ascents in Washington, Red Rock, and El Potrero Chico, and we want to share that love with you. Big wall climbing is HARD and requires a lot of grit. We’re here to pass along our accumulated knowledge and tricks to give you an upper hand on completing your dream route.

Course Length

4 days

Locations we offer this course

  • Washington (Index)

Upcoming Dates


Private Course Availability: April - September 2024

2024 Group Course Dates: 

May 24 - 27

August 24 - 27

Sept 3 - 5 (We have scholarships for Women available for this course! Details here​!) 

Don't see a date in a location you are looking for? Reach out to us about setting up a private course on your preferred date.​


You must have taken our trad multi pitch climbing course or have experience leading trad multi pitch climbs at a grade of 5.8 or higher. Contact us if you have any questions about whether or not you are ready for this course.

Course Ratio 

Max 2:1

Course Cost

Group Course Cost

$995 (We have some scholarships for Women available for this course! Details here!) 

Please note we will have to charge private course rates if only 1 person signs up.

Private Course Cost

1 participant $1695

2-4 participants $995 per person

ask us about adding on an overnight objective on a wall!

Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course: About


  • Appropriate gear selection

  • Aid leading with trad gear and bolts

  • Discussion of aid ratings

  • Pendulums

  • Fixing a line

  • Ascending a fixed line

  • Following an aid pitch (passing gear, lower outs)

  • Big wall transitions

  • Hauling and docking a haul bag

  • Rappelling with a haul bag

  • Assessing pitons and other fixed gear

  • Setting up a port-a-ledge

  • Setting up a comfortable bivy

  • Route finding and topos

Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course: About



We will meet up in the morning to do paperwork and introductions. Once we are all acquainted we will talk about big walls and specialty gear. After this discussion we will pack up and spend the day practicing aid movement and rope ascension.


We will start the day continuing to practice aid movement, cycling people into real leads as they feel ready. The second half of the day will be utilized talking about and practicing how to manage leading pendulums and following them using lower outs.


Day 3 will be mostly used to talk about managing multi pitch transitions and big wall anchor. We will discuss how to pack a haul bag and efficient hauling techniques. Depending on pacing, motivation and weather, it is sometimes possible to spend this night in a portaledge camp on a wall somewhere.


Day 4 is spent climbing a multi pitch aid route.

Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course: FAQ


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  • Instruction from an AMGA certified Rock Guide

  • Climbing Permits

  • Use of Group Technical Equipment such as Ropes and Rack

  • Use of specialty Big Wall gear such as pitons, hooks, ladders, daisy chains, haul bags and portaledges

  • Depending on weather and group motivation, it is possible to spend a night on the wall in a portaledge camp.


  • Personal Climbing Equipment (harness, helmet, shoes, belay devices)

  • Transportation

  • Lodging or Camping 

  • Meals while on the course

  • Trip Insurance

  • Guide Gratuity

Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course: FAQ
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