Historically climbers learned movement and technique by one of several methods. They learned by trial and error, which left much to be desired. Climbing movement is not all intuitive. They learned by watching and “apprenticing” to more experiencing climbers, but this was also less than optimal. How had their mentors learned? There were no guarantees that those more experienced climbers were climbing effectively and efficiently.
Fastrack eliminates these uncertainties. Designed and implemented by Dan Hague, one of our founders and the co-author of climbing’s definitive movement and technique text—and based on theories of kinesiology—Fastrack will teach you the right way to do things right off the bat. Whether you’re just starting out or looking for the reasons why you can’t break through your barriers, this series of classes is for you.
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Class schedule: Typically weeknights from 7 – 9 PM
Price: $49 members, $95 non-members
FASTRACK 1: Wall Contact & Sequencing + Turning
Q: “What are all those oddly shaped and colored things attached to the climbing wall and how do I use them properly? ”
A: NOTE! Fastrack 1 now combines the previous versions of Fastrack 1 and 2 into a single, four week course.
Those “things” are called holds and their efficient and proper use is the first step in learning to climb. In our Wall Contact and Sequencing you’ll learn the correct methods for placing and using your feet with some additional emphasis on the appropriate use of your hands.
Q: “Why do so many of the better climbers turn back and forth with first one hip and then the other turned into the climbing wall?”
A: “Turning” is a critical movement skill that provides powerful leverage to perform climbing moves with much less effort. This skill is so important to learn correctly and thoroughly that we devote three full sessions to ensuring you become proficient in its use.
FASTRACK 2: Balance & Movement Initiation + Movement Skills for a Steep World
Q: “Why do good climbers look like graceful dancers and why do they appear to exert so little effort? I see some climbers who appear to begin their movements from the arms while others seem to derive movement from the hips. Is there any difference?”
A: NOTE! Fastrack 2 now combines previous versions of Fastrack 3 and 4 into a new four week course.
Good climbers have developed a refined sense of movement in which they are constantly evaluating the quality of their balance and making adjustments to improve it. In our Balance course you’ll learn the basics of balance as well as how to evaluate and improve it to benefit your climbing.
Movement can originate in many parts of the body and produce remarkably different results. Learning to generate upward progress from all the parts of the body and where to apply each can be a valuable tool for improving your performance.
Q: “I’d really like to be able to ascend the steeper walls, but every time I try I find the climbing very difficult.”
A: For many climbers, ascending steep, overhanging walls is the ultimate challenge. In this three week course learn the movement skills of advanced climbers in the sheltered arena of the Rise Up bouldering area. Included are powerful movements such as twist locks, drop knees, heel hooks, heel/toe cams, knee bars and more.
FASTRACK 5: Personalized Training Plan
Q: “I’d like to improve quickly. Can you help me with a training plan?”
A: In our Personalized Training Plan class your current abilities will be assessed and achievable goals set. In addition a training schedule based on your availability to train will be developed. We’ll be happy to put together a fitness training plan for you as well. Use climbing as your fitness and workout regimen; we can be your new fitness center or health club!
FASTRACK 6 : On-sight and Redpoint Tactics
Learn the games climbers play! On-sighting, or sending a route with no prior information, is the purest form of ascent but requires different observational and climbing skills. Alternatively, to send the hardest routes possible a climber will need to “work” a route, again requiring a unique set of skills. We’ll teach you how to become proficient at both.
FASTRACK 7: Sport Leading
Sport climbing IS leading. Leading allows you to attempt the steepest of climbs which cannot be top roped and is the truest type of ascent. In this three week class we’ll teach you how to clip anchors properly, minimize the risks associated with lead falls, and belay for a leader.