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Learn How to Crack Climb & Place Trad Gear

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Date(s) - Sat, Feb. 3
8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Register for Learn How to Crack Climb

Use only traditional style climbing equipment, you climb 50 up, high above the river gorge. You’ll learn how to place each type of protection (cams, nuts, hexes) so you can trad climb on your own.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

$27; includes all equipment, instruction, and transportation



Slowly you ease your weight onto the protection you just placed into the crack, a #2 yellow BD cam. Though you’ve climbed before and have no problem hanging on the rope, sitting on the cam you just placed (even while on TR) makes your chalky hand sweat.

The cam holds your weight, so you climb up another couple of feet, place a tiny #4 nut and repeat the process. Climb, place a piece, sit on the piece, and climb more.  #learningToTrust. At the top, you feel pretty good. Each piece held you and seemed solid. 

Trad climbing skills are what you need to climb the amazing and tall cliffs in western North Carolina and the classic climbs of Yosemite, the Rockies, just about anywhere really. But you must know exactly how to place cams, nuts, or hexes, otherwise you and your partner will have a bad, bad day.

Using our giant supply of cams, nuts, and hexes, our fulltime professional coordinator and senior climbing staff will teach you how to place gear and build gear anchors.  

You’ll start learning by placing each type of protection while on standing on the ground. Brad and Cara review with you each of your placements, ensure you feel solid about how to (and how not to) place them.

As you and your 6 new climbing friends get comfortable placing the cams and nuts, its time to rope up.  On a top rope, you “sew up the climb,” placing as many pieces as possible for practice. Later, you’ll practice placing only what you need.

Starr Mountain, Twall, or Obed depending upon conditions/weather

Must be comfortable climbing 5.8 or harder


This trip is for you if you
Have some prior climbing experience outside, whether for couple of half days or 1-2 full days. This is a great follow up to our Obed Climbing trips.
Can climb 5.8 or higher.
Dream of climbing in the big mountains. This is your first step.

This trip is not for you if you:
Have never climbed before.


Have more questions?
Call us at 865-974-9749 during business hours, email, or send us a message on Facebook.

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Have a question?
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How to register for a trip
Sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area; you can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card.

What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction. On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.

Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.

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