Instructional Programs

climbing guidesFor over eighteen years Climbmax Climbing Center has been offering specialized instructional
programs designed to meet the needs of any new or developing climber.  We are WNC’s leader in instructional programs.  We specialize in small instructor-to-participant ratios and focus on the minute details that add the most to the educational experience.

INDOOR PROGRAMS

Basic Belay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00
A short course designed to help parents or potential partners who do not wish to climb but still want to help assist with the climbing.  The participant will learn the basic rope techniques and rope management and control.  The basic package will include the harness and belay device and will focus only on the skills to tie the climbers’ knot and manager their rope.  No Climbing Included. Suggested Age: 13yrs & up. Approx. 30 min.

Full Instructional Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $35.00

Advanced reservations required.
This package is designed as a great introduction to the new or interested climber.  The Full Instruction Package will give the climber some basic climbing terms and movement techniques.  The instruction will involve the proper usage of the harness, the tying of the associated knots, and the proper management of the rope through the belaying device.  Participants are encouraged to stay and use the indoor facility as they practice their new skills once the lessons are finished.
Includes: full equipment, climbing time, and instruction. Suggested Age: 13yrs & up. Approx. 1.5 hrs.

ADULT TRAINING CLASSES

LEAD CLASS

Classes Cost: $40 ($35 for members) for one class (should be proficient after one class)
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

Location: Smoky Mountain Adventure Center
A great introduction to lead climbing in an indoor setting, this class will cover lead belaying, clipping, lead climbing, and falling. At the end of the class most participants will be proficient enough to pass the lead climbing and lead belay tests at SMAC. Participants should be checked off to top-rope belay and use the Autobelay, and be able to top-rope 5.9 prior to signing up for this class. Max 4 participants.
 

TRAINING BASICS

Classes  Cost: $17 per class for non-members $12 for EFT members, or $45/non-members $30/EFT members for all 3 classes
Time: 6:30 – 8pm  DATE: TBD
Location: Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

New to climbing or stuck at a plateau? This three-session clinic provides a great workout while also teaching the basics of designing a training plan to improve climbing-specific strength and endurance. This class is ideal for any beginner or intermediate climber looking to improve.

Max 6 participants

-no advanced registration required for either adult training class-

ADVANCED PROGRAMS

CLIMBING WALL INSTRUCTOR
 CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Provided in co-operation with American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

DEC 16th – 18th < POSTPONED >
hosted by CLimbmax Climbing Center

Cost: $300

The Climbing Wall Instructor Program (CWI) was designed in co-operation with the AMGA and the Climbing Wall Association to offer a consistent level of education and training for those individuals that work professionally in an artificial climbing wall environment. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a three year CWI certification.

Click HERE to register or register online through the AMGA website
Provided by our own Climbmax Mountain Guide and Certified Instructor 
Stuart M. Cowles

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All participants must have an indoor climbing pdfRelease Waiver or an outdoor climbing pdfRelease Waiver filled out prior to climbing.

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Warrior's Way; Falling & Commitment

January 27, 2017, 5:00pm - January 27, 2017, 10:00pm

A workshop offered by Arno Ilgner and Jon Richard. "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." You’ll learn how to: Fall safely 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, and more – Pre-requisites: 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 If climbers want to practice Lead exercises they must be lead certified through the gym before the day of the event. $99 for gym members/ $119 for non-members. Maximum of 8 participants. Pre-registration is required. Call 828-505-4446 for more information.

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