Classes

Rock 101 - Beginner Outdoor Rock Climbing

Looking to get on the rock for the first time? Enjoy a day on the rock with friends, family, or individually with your guide at one of San Diego's fine rock climbing destinations such as Mission Gorge or Dixon Lake. Great for birthdays, corporate team building, or just an outing with friends, Hangtime climbing trips include all necessary gear and training to get you on the rock. Participants will learn proper use of climbing gear, communication, basic climbing techniques, and belay procedures to keep climbers safe on the rock. No experience required.

Full or half day session
Pre-requisites: None 
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park
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Anchors and Rappelling

Anchor building is the most important skill needed to gain the independence to climb on your own time. Learn useful knots, essential gear, and several different climbing anchor systems to suit a variety of terrain. This course covers use of traditional gear anchors using stoppers, cams, and natural anchor points such as boulders and trees. Participants will also learn safe techniques for cleaning anchors and rappelling. Solid experience building a good anchor is the foundation of trad lead climbing and multipitch climbing.

Max 6 students Full Day Only (8 hours)
Pre-requisites: Rock 101 or at least 3 months of outdoor top rope climbing experience
Location: Dixon Lake in Escondido or Mission Trails Regional Park
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Basic Self Rescue

Participants will learn several basic techniques to help rescue their partners in top rope scenarios using a belay assisted device (GriGri or Cinch). Learn how to escape a belay, take over a belay, rig a 3-1 pulley, ascend to a stuck climber, counter-balance descent, and tandem rappel.

Max 6 students • 3/4 Day Only (6 hours)

Pre-requisites: Top Rope Anchor Building and 3 months experience building traditional top rope anchors
Location: Dixon Lake in Escondido or Mission Trails Regional Park

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Traditional Lead Climbing

This course will introduce climbers to the basics of traditional lead climbing including various equipment involved, proper placement of protection, clipping, cleaning gear, racking techniques, lead belay technique, lead climbing, rope management, and risk assessment and management. Proficiency with building top-rope anchors are required before enrolling in this course.

Max 6 students Full Day Only (8 hours)
Pre-requisites: Top Rope Anchor Building and 3 months experience building traditional top rope anchors
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park

 

Climbing Locations

Mission Trails Regional Park

Located just 20 minutes east of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park (aka "Mission Gorge") boasts hundreds of routes on excellent quality granite rock within a short 20 minute hike from the trail-head parking lot. Directions available in the Google Map below.


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Dixon Lake

Tucked away in Escondido, approximately 40 minutes north of downtown San Diego, Dixon Lake sports some short but fun and challenging climbs and ideal terrain for learning technical systems such as anchoring and self rescue. With a super short two minute walk from the parking lot and all-day shade, it's an ideal location during hot summer days. Parking is $5 per vehicle or an additional 15 minute walk down a paved road from the free parking lot prior to the ranger station.



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