Climbing 101

Climbing 101 is Delhi Rock’s four part introduction to climbing course. At the end of this course, students will have:

  • Gained a thorough understanding of the safety systems involved in climbing, and will be issued a belay card for Delhi Rock allowing them to come climbing during our open hours
  • Been instructed in the basic technical movement principles climbing is known for, so that they have a good understanding of climbing efficiency and utilising technique and balance

Part 1 is about explaining climbing to you, illustrating the things we intend you to learn, and do equipment analysis and discussion. You’ll finish Part 1 with some basic climbing and guided belay practice.

Part 2 is about doing lots of belay practice and climbing in the gym, carrying out a normal climbing session with oversight. You’ll learn about routes, grades, planning, and technical movement.

Both days you will be climbing with an experienced instructor at hand to give you practical and tailored feedback on your climbing.

After the two weekend classes, you can set up two further practice sessions, included in your fee, where you come in and practice your belay and climbing. After these two practice sessions, you should be ready to get belay certified with us.

Belay Certification

Climbing at a height or in remote locations entails undertaking objective risks. The consequences of a fall or other negligent behaviour can be severe injury or even death, so safety always comes first in climbing. As the safety system comprises equipment and its safe use and application, we focus on those aspects at Delhi Rock.

Safety is your responsibility at Delhi Rock. Once you’ve been trained in safe use, you are expected to be self sufficient, self aware, and conscientious in paying attention to safety. We reserve the right to revoke your climbing rights if we feel that you are not observing safe conduct.

There are three components to belay certification, which are examined in the Belay Test at the end of the seminar:

Safe equipment use

  • Harness fit should be snug, up at the narrowest part of your torso, not the hips/pelvis. Leg loops are tied where the butt meets the thigh. Adjust back straps accordingly.
  • Gear loops point down. Belay loop faces the front, and there should be no twists in any webbing. Buckles outside of thigh.
  • Ensure the harness cannot slip under the hip, particularly important for men. Ensure leg mobility, and no bunching of clothing.
  • If wearing an older style single buckle harness, check for doublebacking. Inspect for tears and other apparent damage.
  • Shoes should be super tight, toes crimped against the front, with the toebox full. Shoes should have minimal flex/articulation.
  • Return rental equipment after cleaning and spraying. You can use the blue medical spray to lightly spray harnesses and inside shoes.

Team work and communication

  • Partner check:
    ~ Check figure eight is tied neatly and correctly
    ~ Check harness buckles and carabiners lock
    ~ Adjust your partner’s harness if poorly fitted
    ~ Check rope is correctly led through belay device
  • We use the B.U.S. belay method (Brake, Under, Slide). This is the belay method advised by most US climbing safety organisations. Climbers must be thoroughly acquainted with its use.
  • Use the correct commands:
    ~
    “Am I on belay?” | “Your belay is on”
    ~
    “Climbing” | “Climb on”
    ~
    “Slack” | Partner feeds through slack
    ~
    “Tension” | Partner takes out slack
    ~
    “Downclimbing” | “Downclimb on”
    ~
    “Take” | “I’ve got you”
    ~
    “Lower” | “Lowering”

Situational awareness

  • Any deficiencies observed in the rope or anchors must be spotted and communicated to an instructor. Climbing on damaged rope or anchors puts both climber and belayer at risk
  • The correct rope should be used for the route, and led fair. It is the belayer’s responsibility to ensure that the climber does not wander off the route and set up a dangerous swing.
  • If climbing with somebody much heavier than you, you should know how to tie a clove hitch to a fixed anchor to keep yourself in place and not get pulled up when your climber falls.
  • Belay stance is crucial. In the event of the climber falling, you should not get pulled into them, or become unbalanced. So you need to anticipate a fall and stand accordingly.
  • Belay with the right amount of slack. Too tight and you’re pulling your climber off balance. Too loose and the slack can be dangerous. Pay attention to your climber.
  • Never stand on the rope. Rope work is crucial in climbing. The rope is the single most important piece of equipment used in climbing.

REGISTER

Please register prior at:

http://imojo.in/climbing

CONTACT

EMAILteam@delhirock.com
TEL+91-11-46588444 (see hours of operation)
ADDPremises Nanaksar Gurudwara, opp res M-39, GK2 (see detailed directions)

12 thoughts on “Climbing 101”

  1. Hie I am complete beginner and I wish to master at rock climbing. I am from gurgaon
    Could you telme how to start with what course and how many days a week would I be required to give?

  2. Hi Chandani, that’s great to hear. You should start with our Climbing 101 course (Sat & Sun at 5 pm, 4 sessions) and then start attending Master Class regularly (Wed and Sun at 7.30 PM). You should acquire reasonable proficiency and strength in about 6 months, but to become proficient usually takes years!

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to know how packed are you guys? I am definitely coming from the second week of May but I might not be able to make an online payment right now. Should I be worried about not being able to get a slot?

    Thanks.

  4. Hi Sannidhya,

    You’re welcome to sign up online when you come through in May. 101 was super full a few weeks back, but people aren’t in Delhi as much in May, so it should be good.

  5. Hello, I wish to attend your classes in May. Are there any fixed dates for new entrants to join or can we enroll as per our wish? Also, since I have time, would you suggest any exercises I should start to make it easier to cope up with the effort of climbing? And can we drop by to see the Delhi Rock premises to get an idea of the facilities provided?

  6. Hi Prabha,

    Yes, 101 is every weekend at 5 PM, both days. You’re welcome to sign up for any weekend which suits you, online, and come in on the Saturday. Signups at http://delhirock.com/slots

    Sure, do please drop in to see our facility. We’re open every day from 3 pm to 9.30 pm. For exercises, check out some of the videos we’ve posted to YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/delhirock, the conditioning playlist.

  7. Hello team,

    What are the charges for climbing during open hours after we get our belay card?

  8. Single pass is 400; 10 passes are 3000; 20 passes are 5000; monthly is 3200. Rental is free the first month, then 100 rs per use of harness / shoes, so good to buy your own gear if you plan to climb for a bit!

  9. Hi Team,

    I’m a complete beginner and want to try my hand in Rock Climbing. I would like to go for 101. Kindly let me know, if I have to get some gears on the very first day. Also, is there any age limit for this as am on the other side of 30.

  10. Hi Indranil,

    Your age is totally fine! Climbing is suitable for people in their 30s. You don’t need to bring any special gear, just regular athletic clothing is fine, but do check the gear and attire notes on http://delhirock.com/climbing/.

    Hope to see you soon!

    Anuraag

  11. Hi Uttam,

    Climb 101 is Sat & Sun 5 pm, but once you’ve taken those, you can also attend MWF 7.30 pm for your continued climbing.

    Anuraag

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