Long routes (multi-pitch) climbing course in Arco

Learn how to climb safely on a multi-pitch route with a mountain guide in the magnificent panorama of Lake Garda and the Sarca Valley.

The multi-pitch climbing course is aimed at those who have already had climbing experience and are able to manage a minimum difficulty of 5a, having then good climbing skills.

It is the ideal course to get close to big walls, obviously starting from sport routes or in any case well-equipped ones in order to get to the classic itineraries. You will learn belay and progression techniques, which consist of using the correct equipment on the route, building an anchor, dynamic belaying with most common rope brakes, belaying the second from the top, abseiling and placing trad protections.

Assicurazione autonoma del secondo sulla via Sabina, parete San paolo di Arco.

The course takes place on the most beautiful walls of the Sarca Valley and is proposed in an intensive version, especially suitable for those who do not live nearby and want to combine a holiday with the chance of improving in this field, and a version divided into three half-day lessons with dates at your choice.

In case of inclement weather we will consider moving the meeting or going on an overhanging wall that offers cover. The ideal seasons are spring and autumn, but even in the middle of winter, on sunny days, it gets very comfortable and enjoyable in the Sarca valley!

INTENSIVE COURSE of 2 days with dates at your choice, 7-hour course per day.

CORSO INTENSIVO di 2 giornate con data a scelta, 7 ore al giorno di corso oppure 3 mezze giornate (mattina oppure pomeriggio) con date a scelta. La tariffa rimane uguale.

Price:

  • with 1 person € 400
  • with 2 people € 250
  • with 3 people € 180
  • with 4 people € 150

For up to 4 participants (more people wouldn’t fit) the price includes the possibility of staying in an apartment owned by the guide. Also available overnight stay in a B&B with special rates. All climbing gear is included in the price. It’s preferred to work with preformed groups but if you are alone contact us anyway, we will do our best to find you a climbing mate.

COURSE of 3 half days (morning or afternoon) with dates at your choice.
Price: same as the intensive course.

Corde doppie nel vuoto dal diedro Stenico della Rupe Secca, Arco.

COURSE CONTENTS

  • Use of the correct gear on the way
  • Dynamic lead belaying
  • Modern and classic anchor building technique
  • Belaying the second from the top
  • Abseiling
  • Use of trad protections

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

  • Climbing multi-routes independently and safely


FAQ

What is the best training path to learning how to lead climb a long route?

If I think of my personal experience, the phase of self-learning the basis was the most dangerous, I suggest you attend a course about multi-pitch routes and then climb a couple of routes accompanied by a mountain guide. Going up a few long routes with a mountain guide will help you focus on what to do and especially what not to do and understand how to tackle a wall.

What is the ideal period?

The Sarca valley has a mild climate that allows climbing all year round, especially in spring and autumn. Approaches to the walls are often short and you can climb a route in a few hours.

I am alone, can I sign up for the course?

I am alone, can I sign up for the course? Absolutely yes, at the course you will meet other people with skills, experience and goals similar to yours and it could be the occasion to find your future climbing companions. But if you have any interested friends, try to involve them, knowing your climbing partner sometimes makes things easier.

What is the ideal number of participants?

If six is the maximum and you get a cheaper price out if it, obviously a smaller group of 2/3 climbers, for example, allows the guide to follow you more closely and for a longer time.

What is the equipment to bring?

I will provide all the equipment (quickdraws, various descenders and belay devices, trad protections, ropes, etc.), even personal equipment (shoes, harness, helmet) if you do not have your own I will provide it to you.

Do I have to know how to lead climb to be taken on a long route?

No, it's not needed. I go up first, build the anchor and belay you with the rope from the top up to where I am.

I would like to be accompanied on a multi-pitch route, what grade should I be able to climb?

To begin, there are easy, not-so-vertical routes that are perfect as a first experience on long routes. The minimum grade required is the 4a which is the 3rd grade of the UIAGM scale.

I've never done a long route, where is it best to start?

Depending on the period, there are routes for a first approach both on the limestone of the Sarca valley (winter, spring and autumn) and on the granite of the Presanella, or in the Dolomites.