Comprehensive Basics

Comprehensive BasicsOur Comprehensive Basic is the standard for introductory courses. This course gives students a very solid foundation to begin exploring the amazing sport of rock climbing. It is intended for those with little or no climbing experience. Students learn proper techniques as they relate to top rope climbing, rappelling, belaying and top rope anchor building. Ample time is also devoted to learning the movement skills necessary to climb efficiently. The information presented combined with the highest quality instruction.

Call for scheduling: (540) 667-0030.



Cost$295 for 2 days
DatesCourses begin every Sat. and Tues. April – October. Call for special date requests.
Class SizeMinimum 2 - Maximum 4 per Instructor
DiscountsBring a friend $90 off total fee, bring two friends $180 off total fee.
Ages14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Times8:30 AM
Recommended ReadingKnots for Climbers by: Craig Luebben, Globe Piquot Press 2002

All the knots featured are useful in climbing but not all are used in the course. We suggest that you concentrate on:
• Figure 8 Follow-Through (pg 2)
• Figure 8 on a Bight (pg 4)
• Water Knot (pg 6)
• Girth Hitch (pg 7)
• Double Fisherman’s Knot (pg 8)
• Overhand Knot (pg 10)
• Auto Block (pg 12)

If you master these knots and would like to try more, or have interest in learning to set up top rope anchors in your course we suggest you also learn these knots:
• Clove Hitch (pg 5)
• Double Bowline (pg 16)
• Prussik Hitch (pg 27)
Knots for Climbers and 5’ of 6mm nylon cord and 5’ of 9/16” webbing can be picked up at Mountain Trails. The cord and webbing are the same materials that will be used on the course. This price is 10% off retail value in our shop and only available to those who are signed up to take an course.

Mountain Trails

115 North Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday
10 am to 7 pm

Friday – Saturday
10 am to 8 pm

12 pm to 5 pm