Overview:

Gym to Crag Online helps an indoor sport climber anticipate the environment and the community they will encounter when they start climbing outdoors.  By the end of course work, students will be able to avoid the awkward learning curve that often accompanies a new sport.  Instead, we reveal the unknown in light of what’s familiar, using the proficiencies an indoor climber already has to move responsibly into the outdoors.

Over the course of 7 lessons, Gym to Crag Online introduces a portrait of proficiency, reviews skills learned indoors, explores outdoor stewardship and etiquette, helps a climber make adequate preparation for outdoor outing, expands on belaying and lead climbing skill sets for an outdoor setting, and helps participants make a plan for the future.

Sample Itinerary:

Each lesson requires 30 minutes to one hour to complete.  In total, coursework requires 6 to 8 hours to fully complete.

Details:

Gym to Crag Student Options

Level 1:  Reader

At our first tier, students receive access to online course work.  They can access all content, lessons, activities, and questionnaires.  They count on CMS staff for technical support if there are difficulties accessing the online program.  CMS staff will not be available for content-related questions, debriefs, or individualized/custom instruction and recommendations.

What you get:

  • Access to online course.
  • Technical support for login difficulties.

Level 2:  Interactive

At our second tier, students have access to CMS service team members, instructors, and guides for support with the course.  Someone will respond to your questionnaires and activities, redirecting you to important resources to clarify understanding and comprehension.  Our service team will be available by phone or email during business hours, and we’ll conduct weekly office hours for call-in support and live Q&A.  All this live access to our instructors can provide students with individualized/custom recommendations, resources, and activities.

What you get:

  • Access to online course.
  • Technical support for login difficulties.
  • Responses to questionnaires and activities.
  • Content support from instructors by phone or email.
  • Weekly live office hours.
  • Individualized recommendations, resources, and activities.

Level 3: Group Experiential

At the Level 3 Experiential tier, students get all the benefits of interactive online coursework, plus a CMS field program can be scheduled to accompany the online program.  At Level 3, students receive enrollment coupons for a 1-day CMS Course.  In a course environment, students get to meet a cohort of co-students and enjoy a hands-on collaborative learning experience.

What you get:

  • Access to online course.
  • Technical support for login difficulties.
  • Responses questionnaires and activities.
  • Content support from instructors by phone or email.
  • Weekly live office hours.
  • Individualized recommendations, resources, and activities.
  • Enrollment in a 1-day CMS Course (Learn to Lead Sport, Rock Rescue, or Multipitch Rock Climbing).

Level 4:  Private Experiential

At the Level 4 Experiential tier, students get all the benefits of interactive online coursework, plus a private CMS field program can be scheduled to accompany the online program.  At Level 4, students receive enrollment coupons for a 1-on-1 private CMS outing.  In a custom enrollment, students get the exclusive attention of a CMS guide or instructor and specific skills and learning outcomes can be addressed.

What you get:

  • Access to online course.
  • Technical support for login difficulties.
  • Responses questionnaires and activities.
  • Content support from instructors by phone or email.
  • Weekly live office hours.
  • Individualized recommendations, resources, and activities.
  • Enrollment in one CMS Custom outing. (Custom outings are limited to full-day rock climbing outings).
  1. Introduction
    • Description & Learning Outcomes
    • Context Video
  2. Review Indoor Fundamentals
    • Equipment Review
    • Belaying
    • Communication & Double Checks
    • Lead Climbing Review
    • Lead Climber Personality Test
  3. Stewardship & Etiquette
    • Stewardship
    • Etiquette
    • Sign the Climbers Pact
  4. Preparation for Sport Climbing
    • Investigate Trip Options
    • Resources
    • Research Resources
    • Pack Your Bag
    • Video Analysis & Hypothetical Research
  5. Skills Related to Belaying
    • Belay Environment
    • Belay Systems
    • Belay Responsibility
  6. Introduction to Lead Climbing
    • The Climb, The Bolts, & The Anchor
    • Lead Climbing Sequence
    • Cleaning the Route
    • Bailing
  7. What’s Next?
    • What’s Missing from this Course?
    • Where to Next?
    • Make a Plan

Prerequisites:

Any student will have an educational experience regardless of their experience.  However, the course was designed to accompany prerequisite skills learned in an indoor climbing facility.  To get the most out of coursework, it’s helpful if participants already know how to use basic equipment, belay a toprope and a leader, and lead climb.

Minimum Age:

None
Activity Level

Relaxed

Discipline

Rock Climbing

Duration

One-Day

Experience Level

Intermediate

Participants who do not own their own basic equipment will have difficulty completing all the assigned activities.

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