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ASI rock climbing celebrates 25th year of teaching

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Based in Soda Springs on Donner Pass Road, the Alpine Skills International program was planned and developed by Bela and Mimi Vadasz during undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Recreation and Outdoor Education at San Francisco State University.

After years of teaching and program planning through university and continuing education programs they began what is now the ASI program in 1979. In the past two and a half decades, through continued professional development and association with distinguished colleagues, programs have evolved and have been refined to the existing state-of-the-art program.

Much experience has been gained not only from training and certification but from climbing, skiing and guiding throughout many of the greatest ranges of the world. Since the beginning, ASI has made the commitment to blend the best from American outdoor educational values with progressive techniques of climbing and high mountain skiing that are practiced by the most accomplished alpinists throughout the world.

To this day, now 25 years after the beginning of ASI, the educational ideals that the program was founded on remain paramount to work with people who are interested in becoming experts in the mountains. Whether it’s on skis, boots or crampons, to adopt the experiences the mountains have to offer is a part of life as well as a lifestyle.

We welcome you to join us and be a part of the original all-mountain program that visits the depth and meaning of the experiences the mountain world has to offer. Find the Spirit of the Alpinist…Then let the spirit set you free!

ASI Rock climbing courses are unique. They provide an alternative to developing skills and a perspective toward safety that can never be attained by learning to climb indoors or just going out with a friend.

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Trained instructors and certified guides sincerely care about your level of enjoyment and the building of your confidence. The excellent climbing at Donner Pass near Lake Tahoe and the camaraderie found at our training center, make our rock climbing program like no other.

Call 582-9170 to register for courses or visit http://www.alpineskills.com for more information.

– “Rock Climbing, The Beginning”

2 Days for $248:

This popular course sets a foundation for outdoor climbing. Besides the necessary knots, belaying and rappelling, you will learn about both crack and face climbing techniques on superb Donner Pass granite. By the end of the second day you should have a good feel for how to enjoy top-roped rock climbing.

Dates:

– Aug 7-8, 2004

– Aug 21-22, 2004

– Sept 4-5, 2004

– Oct 2-3, 2004

– “The Next Move”

2 Days for $248:

This is our confidence and technique builder. It is designed for climbers previously experienced in belaying and top-roped climbing. It provides the opportunity to improve your climbing ability with many climbs to chose from at every level. You will learn more about placing and removing protection and rigging and retrieving a more complicated rappel. Return climbers are always welcome. This course always provides a chance to improve one’s climbing.

Dates:

– Aug 7-8, 2004

– Aug 21-22, 2004

– Sept 4-5, 2004

– Oct 2-3, 2004

– “Learning To Lead”

2 Days for $268:

We have designed a progression to ease you safely onto the sharp end of the rope. We practice placement of protection, then rehearse an easy pitch. Finally, you are placing your own protection in the simulation of a lead, but still protected by a top-rope. You learn about route finding, reducing rope drag, placing protection for the second, and setting up a good belay at the end of your lead. This course helps you get on the way to climbing safely on your own. Previous experience following 5.7 is a prerequisite.

Dates:

– Aug 7-8, 2004

– Sept 4-5, 2004

– Sept 18-19, 2004

– “Rock Anchoring Clinic”

1 Day for $128:

This workshop provides a perfect opportunity to develop good anchoring skills. We’ll study placements of artificial anchors, appropriate equalization for top-rope setups, and strategies for lead-through, multi-pitch climbing. Grab your friends from the rock gym and make a weekend out of combining this clinic with climbing on your own.

Dates:

– Aug 21, 2004

– “Climber’s Self Rescue”

1 Day for $128:

What would you do if you were several pitches off the ground and your partner took a serious leader fall and got hurt? Would you be prepared to handle the situation? These one-day workshops are for experienced climbers wanting to learn improvised self-rescue techniques with just the gear you normally take along on a climb. You’ll study the best anchoring methods, along with raising and lowering systems for a one-on-one situation. Anyone climbing multi-pitch routes will benefit from these skills in a number of different ways.

Dates:

– Aug 22, 2004

– “Rock Skills Seminar”

4 Days for $446:

An intensive climbing school that’s one of a kind! We have carefully planned progressions for both beginning and more experienced climbers, all based at our Training Center. You learn or refine both face and crack climbing techniques, placement and removal of protection anchors in the process of multi-pitch climbing and the elements of lead climbing. We use video taping, an effective tool to perfect your technique. This seminar blends the best of our rock climbing programs into a four-day course.

Dates:

– Aug 14-17, 2004