Traditional Climbing Fundamentals in Oregon!

Portland, OR , United States

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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

Time to get rad on trad! Prerequisites Outdoor Lead Climbing or comparable abilities Objectives After spending considerable time climbing indoors in Seattle and taking Kaf’s outdoor intro courses, it’s time to participate in the intermediate class, Trad Climbing Fundamentals. It’s a must for all climbers who want to progress into a confident, competent climber of all styles of outdoor rock climbing. During this important rock climbing course, you will begin honing your skill-set as a traditional gear climber. We will spend 2 days helping you to refine your techniques and begin developing the necessary knowledge to accurately assess systems and scenarios that you will encounter for the rest of your climbing career. The curriculum includes: Comprehensive climbing knots Artificial Gear placement Rope management How to catch a lead fall Cleaning a route Advanced movement & technique Continued natural anchor construction Artificial anchor construction Advanced rappelling techniques Communication Lead belaying (ATC & GRIGRI) Mock leading/lead climbing How and when to fall Picking appropriate routes Down-climbing Proper clipping techniques Mental tips for lead climbing Assessing fixed protection Building top rope anchors Locations Will vary depending on weather. Vantage Mt. Erie Smith Rocks, OR Equipment You will be responsible for bringing the following gear: Personal climbing equipment including helmet, harness Lunches Sleeping bag and sleeping pad 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 Group climbing equipment including ropes, belay devices, anchor and traditional climbing protection Group camping equipment including tents, stoves, cookware Dinner and Breakfast NOT included in trip cost Transportation (carpool options available) Personal climbing equipment including helmet, harness, and shoes Personal camping equipment 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. Next Steps After completing this course, you will have the necessary skills to participate in our advanced course Traditional Lead Climbing and you will be well on the way to Two Day Mulit-Pitch Climbing. And to get you really excited by all of the fantastic experiences rock climbing training will prepare you for, take a look at our international rock climbing trips. Once you’re confident with your climb skills, joining us on a climbing holiday to Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Mexico is an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on!



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