OWA is hosting an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) course at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area -Texas for any and all who are interested. The climbing experience required for course enrollment are on the AMGA website. This is a great opportunity for those trying to break into the guide world, or for those who just take a lot of people climbing and want to learn the latest and most efficient guide techniques. Without the assessment, the course alone is a resume builder and a great way to impress your sport climbing buddies down at the crag! This course needs a min of 4 participants. We recommend travel insurance for all participatns. For more detailed information visit their website
Paired with the Instructor Course, the assessment is how you become certified as an SPI. Though it is possible to challenge the assessment without taking the course, it is not recommended by the AMGA due to how technically specific their guiding practices are. In other words: You can be a very skilled and experienced climber and still fail the assessment on technicality simply because your techniques are not in line with what they teach in the course. This course needs a min of 4 participants. We recommend travel insurance for all participatns.
Whether you have never built traditional anchors before, or just want to get some more practice under supervision, this clinic will give you the skills and practice you need to efficiently set up multiple top rope anchors. Often the first course someone takes with a climbing guide to learn how to build solid anchors with Trad gear, so you can spend less time futzing around at the top of climbs, and spend more time climbing. The clinic will cover gear placements and different systems for anchor equalization. Participants will build many different kinds of anchors, in a variety of areas, with hands-on and personal instruction available from our guides. This course is taught by American Mountain Guides Association certified guides who routinely work at Enchanted Rock as climbing guides and in Colorado and Wyoming. They are happy to show you the tricks for quick and solid anchor building. We will touch on different types of anchors for trad, multi-pitch, difficult setups and speed!
Trad (Traditional) Lead Climbing can be an intimidating venture in a climber’s career. This clinic is aimed at taking that edge off, by offering a chance to bolster your “lead head” with supervised practice with experienced Enchanted Rock climbing guides. Our guides will cover the safest and proper techniques for lead climbing, and the common mistakes that result in making mistakes. We will also take time to discuss and practice the, often over-looked, proper lead belaying techniques so you know what to look for in a partner before you rope up with someone new. This course is taught at Enchanted Rock, Enchanted rock is the premier rock climbing location in Central Texas for learning basic climbing techniques including placing trad gear in cracks. We use the most current information and techniques!
If you’re not quite ready to learn to lead trad and want to practice leading sport climbs first, you can book a custom trip with Outpost Wilderness at Reimers ranch. We offer beginner to advanced climbing courses all over Texas that fit your dates!
Join OWA any first Saturday of the month for a two hour hike and orientation of the most famous and some of the hard to find climbing routes. Rappel stations, anchors locations and popular climbing areas will also be in the tour. Have climbing routes you are interested in finding? Bring a list and we will happily show you where they are. Please meet the OWA guides at the restrooms with the showers inside the park at 10:00am. We recommend you bring water bottles, snacks, sunscreen and proper hiking shoes. You might also want to bring a camera, pencil and paper. No reservation required. ***As an added bonus, we will be providing FREE climber’s coffee from 9 a.m. until time of the tour. We will have cups but you are encouraged to bring your own mug as well. You’ll get a chance to hang out, drink coffee, and meet other climbers of all ages and experience. We will also have guidebooks available (yes, even the original Dome Driver) so you can flip through them while you sip. So bring your mug and we hope to see you there!***
Are you a climber that is interested in pursuing a career as a guide or improving your skills and knowledge? Join OWA in a 6 hour guide training at Reimers Ranch, located in the Texas Hill Country that will teach techniques and expand your climbing expertise. Some of the highlighted topics are lead climbing, building sport anchors, knot tying, teaching others to belay and how to be efficient when guiding any size group. This trip is led by an American Mountain Guides Association ( AMGA ) certified Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). You will learn tricks of the trade that rock climbing guides use in their own climbing time and when guiding others. This is a hands on training and you will be climbing, building anchors, practicing lead climbing, backing up new belayers and more. Some of these are the most advanced techniques being taught in Texas! After the clinic is over some of the OWA guides will be at Farmhouse Pizza at Jester King Brewery for a question and answer session as well as to enjoy some delicious pizza and drinks. (Transportation, food and drinks not included) Prerequisite: Basic rock climbing skills, ability to belay and have climbed a minimum of ten times indoors or outside. All participants are expected to have their own harness, helmet, belay device and climbing shoes. These can be rented from OWA with early notice. Pen and paper is suggested. What we do not provide: Transportation, cost of park entry fee, food, snacks, water and sunscreen. Training Starts at 9:30am. Please meet in the first main parking lot at Reimers Ranch a rock climbing destination in Central Texas owned by Travis County very near Austin Texas in Dripping Springs.
The focus of this course is rock climbing movement and basic rock climbing skills. Climbing with an experienced rock climbig guide and coach from Outpost Wilderness Adventure you’ll learn and practice the mechanics behind climbing smoothly, efficiently and with grace. We cover basic climbing techniques and moves as well as touching on more in depth skills to become proficient at moving up! This course is designed for first time to intermediate climbers, no previous experience is required. We will touch on the safety equipment needed for climbing with the main focus being on climbing techniques during this 6 hour class. This class is taught by a Rock Guide from OWA who has experience guiding climbing, coaching and teaching movement. Location Seismic Wall. Class meets where the Loop 360 crosses Barton Creek. Look for the Barton Creek Greenbelt Sign and meet at Trailhead.
General Information about climbing with OWA at the Greenbelt The Austin Greenbelt is a cherished resource for the Austin climbing community. Located right in the city, the band of limestone cliffs offer fantastic featured climbing perfect for the beginner and expert alike. Our guides are highly experienced and are happy to teach all the necessary skills to have a fun day of climbing. So whether you’re looking to learn something about climbing or just want to log some vertical feet and have a good time, you’ll find it with Outpost Wilderness down at the Austin Greenbelt.
For those who want to start building their professional career and become part of the AMGA this is the course for you! The course covers everything you need to know about climbing and working as an instructor in the gym environment: a great stepping-stone on your way to becoming a climbing guide. For more detailed information visit their website.