Online RCK 1 Training: Beginning Rock Climbing, Nov. 29th


Please join us for this Online RCK 1: Beginning Rock Climbing training. Attendance better qualifies you to attend any training events, club climbs and expeditions that require RCK 1 skills. Unlimited access to this and all online training is included for those with Full Membership, otherwise payment for registration is required. Training will be broadcast live using a businesss class video conferencing service Wednesday, November 29th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

RCK 1.1: Introduction to Rock Climbing  is our free foundational rock climbing training course for beginning climbers. RCK 1.2: Rock Climbing Technique is our free training course for rock climbing technique instruction and practice while enjoying the safety of a top rope. Loaner gear is provided for paid members on these and all official events.

This Online RCK 1 training will better qualify and prepare you to be RSVPed for either or both on-site training days and all club climbs and expeditions rated at RCK 1 level. Unlimited access to this online training and all online training is included in Full Membership. Otherwise, please register by paying $55 for this session. Join or upgrade your membership here.

In a interactive video presentation we'll discuss: 

  • rock climbing safety and communication
  • rock climbing gear and fitting
  • footwork
  • handholds  
  • spotting 
  • knots 
  • belaying 
  • scrambling 
  • techniques for crack, face and slab climbing 
  • overarching rock climbing concepts and strategies

WHAT PARTICIPATION MEANS: Attending the online RCK 1 training makes you more likely to be selected from the interest list for any of the RCK 1.1 or RCK 1.2 training dates held on the mountain and all club climbing events and expeditions rated at RCK 1. Please place your name on the interest list on our official website at for RCK 1 events at any time. Your participation will be automatically recorded on your SMC profile. 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THOSE WITH FULL MEMBERSHIP: Make sure to "sign in" here at the official SMC website so you will be identified as having a Full Membership. Then click "Register". Your registration will be confirmed here and manually on Meetup.  There is no charge per session and you can attend as many sessions of any online training as often as you are registered.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THOSE WITHOUT FULL MEMBERSHIP: Make sure to "sign in" here at the official SMC website so you will be identified. You can upgrade to Full Membership to have unlimited access to all online training events here. Otherwise register for this session by paying the fee right here on this page, orange box, top right. You can purchase the rights to unlimited downloading or streaming of a pre-recorded version of this online training at If you experience difficulties during the registration or membership process, please send an email to our webmaster at

ONCE YOUR REGISTRATION IS CONFIRMED: A day before the online training event you will be emailed the call-in information to the email listed on your SMC profile and the email listed on Meetup. If you have not recieved the email around 24 hours ahead of time please check your spam folder. If you cannot find it please call SMC at (916) 692-0005 or email 

ON THE DAY OF THE TRAINING: You can call in with a computer, or alternately, a mobile device over a cell line or internet connection. It is recommended that you are able to view the live video feed from the presentation as this will greatly enhance your understanding of what is being discussed. You can interactively participate in the call with audio or chat messaging. Questions can be asked at any time. Visuals will be presented with simultaneous presenter audio and video, so a large viewing screen is best.

QUESTIONS? Please see SMC Training Courses OverviewSMC Member Handbook, or contact SMC at (916) 692-0005 or at