Traditional Lead Climbing in Oregon!

Portland, OR , United States

About Your Host

Kaf – (pronounced like cough) – is an old mystical Hebrew word meaning ‘the power to actualize potential.’ The Hebrew legend goes that Kaf is a sacred mythological mountain that surrounds the world and bounds the horizon. This mountain rests upon the emerald stone of sakhrat, which emanates miraculous power; together, their reflection makes the sky blue. Kaf Adventures is dedicated to self-discovery, wilderness skill education and leadership development through outdoor recreation, adventure travel, and wilderness exploration. We always strive to maintain an awareness of our impact on the natural environment and of different cultures we visit. Kaf Adventures arose out of the outdoor passions of owner and operator, Mick Pearson. Mick began studying outdoor recreation in 1997, and felt the value of experiential education while spending time with others in wild places. These experiences and interactions impacted his life, created a place for self-discovery, and gave him an appreciation for the natural world. Thus Kaf Adventures was born out of his experiences and has shared a parallel process with Mick’s journeys. What makes Kaf, Kaf? You, me and the places we go together! Kaf is all about community. Students do not just zoom in and out of our classes; they become members of the Kaf community. Though our adventures in nature, our community members form unique bonds with each other that continue to grow once back in the city. The 3 segments of Kaf: Outdoor Exploration, Adventure Travel, and Team Development. Within each segment you will find a place to learn, experience and reflect upon your daily existence.

What we'll do

If you’ve taken our intermediate courses or have equivalent experience elsewhere, it’s now time to tie into the sharp end and take Kaf’s advanced rock climbing course, Traditional Lead Climbing. Prerequisites Traditional Climbing Fundamentals course or comparable abilities. Participants who have not taken ‘Trad Climbing Fundamentals’ (previously called Rock 201) must have, and will be asked to demonstrate at the start of the course, experience: Placing both active and passive trad gear in single & multi-directional placements Building 3 & 4 piece traditional anchors with a cordelette Sport Lead climbing & belaying Objectives During this class you will apply what you learned in our Traditional Climbing Fundamentals (Rock 201) and Outdoor Sport Leading and put them together to lead traditional is an exciting point in any rock climber’s career, as you are taking the next big step toward becoming an expert climber! Lead Climbing takes courage and boldness. You must be confident with systems and equipment. You must be accurate, quick with decision making, have the ability to assess risk and your own ability, and most of all possess a sharp mental edge. So do you have what it takes? If yes, fantastic – let’s continue building your confidence. Our advanced rock climbing instructors will teach you everything you need to know to become a poised traditional lead climber. The Traditional Lead Climbing curriculum includes: How to pick a climb What gear to bring, and purchase Anchor placement review How to rack your gear Protection placement on lead Considerations for placing gear on Lead (drag, walking of pieces) Lead climbing review Lead belaying review Practice building artificial anchors Different methods to belay from above Equipment Kaf Adventures will provide all artificial protection needed, so if you have no traditional gear, or a partial rack, come on out and learn what pieces are needed most. This course will pay for itself easily by informing you to make wise purchases. Come test out our gear, and learn what you NEED to buy! You will receive a full packing list upon registration, but feel free to contact Kaf Adventures with any gear specifics questions you have. Included in trip cost Professional instruction Passes and permits All group climbing gear including ropes, belay devices, and all artificial protection Light snacks NOT included in trip cost Transportation (carpool options available) Personal equipment including helmet, harness, rock climbing shoes, and other other personal gear you like to use Day pack for carrying gear and belongings to the crag Lunches and water Rentals are available at a reasonable cost. Kaf Adventures had done it’s very best to create a rental program affordable to your needs. Transportation We recognize that transportation can be tricky. Once registered, Kaf will provide information regarding meeting times, locations and any required parking permits. If interested in carpooling, we will orchestrate a meeting place between participants.



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    $190 USD

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    $190 USD

    per person