Learning the proper techniques and use of climbing equipment opens up a whole new world of exciting adventure, and provides new feelings of confidence. The proper techniques, balance and control are more important to climbing than superhuman strength or hundreds of dollars worth of gear. For more than 20 years, the Texas Mountaineers have safely provided instruction to North Texas area outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning about this exciting, challenging sport.
There is a weekend beginner and intermediate class each spring and fall at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. These classes are devoted to the development of safe climbing practices and climbing techniques for beginner and novice climbers. Each class starts with an evening classroom session prior to the trip, and is followed the next weekend by the outdoor session. Students are paired with one instructor and one assistant for personalized, one-on-one training. If needed, the club can provide all climbing gear except the student’s climbing shoes and camping gear (which can be rented in local recreational equipment stores).
Beginner Class – $95
The beginner class assumes no prior experience and you MUST be at least 18 years of age.
The primary purpose for the beginner climbing class is to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to rock climbing. All climbs during the beginner class are top-roped. Students will be taught the following climbing concepts:
- proper use of climbing equipment
- basic climbing techniques
- belaying techniques
- rappelling techniques
- proper use of climbing signals between climber and belayer
- proper stance
- balance and control
- setting up top-rope anchors
- different types of climbs (faces, cracks, chimneys, dihedrals)
Intermediate Class – $80
The intermediate class is designed for a student who has taken the beginner class or equivalent course. Students will follow the climbing instructors on multi-pitch climbs and learn the technical aspects of placing safe protection. The climbing instructor may let the student practice on a “simulated” lead climb.
- If the student is new to climbing, it is recommended they climb for 6 months prior to taking the Intermediate Class to develop the necessary skills.
- A climbing resume is to be submitted to the class leader; to determine frequency on the rock. Recommendation is: the student is climbing once per month outdoors.
- The student has:
- completed Beginner Class or equivalent (equivalent to be determined by class leader and/or Members of the Eboard).
- completed the Trad Anchor Class or equivalent (equivalent to be determined by class leader and/or Members of the Eboard).
- taken the Sport Lead Class or equivalent (equivalent to be determined by class leader and/or Members of the Eboard).
- The Student volunteers as an assistant instructor for one of the following:
- Two days assisting at the Beginner Class.
- If they have taken the Anchor Class, the student volunteers at an ensuing Anchor Class and at one Indoor portion of the Beginner Class.
- The Student shall participate in the Indoor portion of the Intermediate Class and demonstrates the skills necessary set forth in the Intermediate Class document.
- Gear requirements per Intermediate Class document.
Anchors Class – Free
The purpose of this class is to build on the foundation of SRENE anchors that was introduced during the Beginners Class and provide a hands-on opportunity to build anchors using natural features and gear in a no-risk environment while supervised. The desired outcome is to enable climbers to be capable of independently constructing SRENE anchors for top-roping. Minimum qualification to participate in the class is completion of the Beginners Class or equivalent training. Completion of this class fulfills one of the prerequisites for the Intermediate Class.
Sport Anchor Cleaning and Lead Class – $40
- The objective is to demonstrate and teach students basic belaying of a sport leader and how to clean sport route anchors. At the Crag, the leading aspect is demonstrated by instructors prior to the students leading routes.
- Student must have completed the Beginner Class or equivalent (equivalent to be determined by class leader and/or Members of the Eboard).
- Student has experience and is comfortable belaying with an ATC or Gri-Gri.
- IMPORTANT: Student should arrive at the class prepared with a solid understanding of gear and knots (per class syllabus page 3) required for this level of climbing.
- Gear requirements per Class document
If you are interested in joining the beginner or intermediate class, please contact our training instructors to determine class availability. Please note, a Texas Mountaineers membership is required before taking any of our classes. If you have any questions, check out our faqs & guidelines page or feel free to send us an email. We will send you more details about the classes we offer.
Beginner Class Fee: $125 for individuals, $215 for couples; both fees include a required one year membership in the Texas Mountaineers. If you are already a member, the Beginner Class fee is only $95 per person.
Intermediate Class Fee: $110 for individuals, $200 for couples; both fees include a required one year membership in the Texas Mountaineers. If you are already a member, the Intermediate Class fee is only $80 per person.
Check our Calendar for the upcoming dates on available climbing classes and clinics.