Tooling around on top rope is great, but for those of you who’ve been dreaming about the sharp end, now is your chance to learn what it takes to be a leader.
The Master Track is the program for climbers wanting to learn the full range of skills needed to get outside on real rock. The track is nine classes in total, including anchors, lead climbing, rappelling, self-rescue, trad and multi-pitch climbing, and will culminate in a weekend outdoors in Yosemite Valley National Park with former YOSAR and NPS Climbing Ranger, Ben Doyle.
But climbing outside is about more than just the how-to: it’s about being a steward to the land and a mentor to the next generation. With that in mind, this course will also introduce a standard of ethics and etiquette for outdoor climbers, and include a day of volunteering in Yosemite. Beyond just getting you to the top, the Master Track will teach you how to take care of yourself, your friends, and your crag.
Participants will be required to have a permanent Touchstone belay card, and it is recommended that they are comfortable climbing 5.10. All other skills will be taught in the Master Track. Due to the intensive nature of this program space is extremely limited, and though there will be some flexibility, this track will require multiple schedule commitments to the course requirements.
Stay tuned as we roll out the exact dates and open up registration in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to see you outside!