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Rock Climbing Guide Course – Spring Recess

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Date(s) - Fri, Mar. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1
All Day

Red River Gorge, KY


Register for Climbing Guide Course

Learn advanced climbing (trad, rescue, knots, lowering/raising), teaching, and guiding skills while climbing in the world famous Red River Gorge, KY.  Instructor permission required.

Must easily lead or TR most 5.8+ or harder sport routes. Should have 1 year or more of climbing experience.  Email Brad Beggs, with questions about skill/experience requirement.

Register by
Friday, March 23, 2018

$99. Includes transportation, camping, equipment, food, and instruction. Payment plan available. Email Brad if you would like to setup multiple payments.

“!@#$! I’m stuck! My leg is stuck in this crack!” yells your partner, clearly in pain and stress (kinda like in this video).  

Or, you’re taking your little sister out for her first climb and she won’t lower off the anchor ledge, too afraid to go down.  

What do you do? How do you help your sister?

You dream of climbing in Yosemite, with perfect splitter granite cracks going up hundreds of feet on Lost Arrow Spire. No bolts to be found, just adventure. You need to know how to use trad gear, manage two ropes, route find, and avoid getting stuck in a storm. But,  how do you get these skills to do multipitch?

Join long-time instructor trainer, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Brad Beggs, for an intensive 3 day instructor/guide training course in one of the America’s premier rock climbing destinations, the Red River Gorge of Kentucky.

If becoming a rock guide seems like a great way to make some money, see the world, and learn the tricks of trad climbing, this course gets you started and makes you a better climber.

Spend 3 days climbing at the Red, from Muir Valley, to Military Wall, to the Roadside crag and others. Learn to:

  • place cams, nuts, hexes on lead and build trad anchors
  • rope rescue (ascending the rope, z-drag haul systems)
  • how to sport lead climb and/or trad lead climb
  • how to teach and catch big falls with ease
  • how to onsight sport & trad routes regularly
  • manage the rope(s) and your partner(s) so you can get more climbing in (which is also key to climbing multipitch)

You’ll also learn how to break down climbing movement skills and techniques to enhance your understanding and teaching ability, which will make you a better climber. Fun fact – this also makes climbing different rock types easier.

After this course, you feel ready. It’s that same feeling you have before you redpoint your project. The subtle bit of confidence of knowing you have the skills and knowledge to ‘send the route.

Now you know how to actually help your partner (or your little sister), you don’t waste time messing with the rope so you can climb more, and teaching your friends is much easier and more enjoyable.


This course is for you if you
want to take your climbing to the next level
want to teach your friends to rock climb
work for the Outdoor Program or another outfitter as a climbing instructor or guide

This course is not for you
If you have never climbed climbed outside before.
Want to climb more than learn. You’ll climb but the focus is learning everything that makes up climbing guiding, not just pure climbing. This isn’t a course about how to crush it on the rock.
Have climbed for less than 1 year
Don’t like working with people

About Your Instructor
Brad spent 3 seasons guiding ice climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, and first ascent trips in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. For the last 10 years, he has guided college students on climbing trips to Arizona (Mt Lemmon, Cochise Stronghold), Texas (Reimers Ranch, Enchanted Rock), Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky (Red River Gorge), Montana (Hyalite Canyon), with the goal of getting each student to the point where they can climb on their own.

Brad loves watching climbers learn the advanced skills that “magically” make them better climbers, and less afraid because they know how to get up and down climbs, even if the climb is too difficult or it started to rain – all the while not leaving expensive gear behind.

Check Some of Where You’ll Climb and Some of What You’ll Learn

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Have a question?
Call us at 865-974-9749 during business hours, email, or send us a direct message via Facebook Page.

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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