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RAWQ It’s Nuts

This course aims to provide the essential skills necessary to start your career as a traditionalist. Whether you’re envisioning a speed run up the nose with your buddy Alex Honnold or aiming to send cobra crack next season, good gear placements are essential to reach your full adventure potential.


You will learn how to place bomber passive and active protection safely and efficiently, how to build and equalise trad belays and assess the quality of your placements. You will familiarise yourself with the various techniques to retrieve stuck gear and discuss risk management strategies specific to trad climbing

Throughout the day you will practice these skills on the ground level and in a mock lead scenario necessary, in order to progressively gain confidence and maximise learning capacity.


  • 1 day
  • Small group ( 6 people per instructor)
  • Minimum 4 participants
  • Participants must bring climbing equipment including ropes, racks, quickdraws, helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay devices, and other hardware.
  • Meet at 8.00am in the Blue Mountains (location TBC)


  • This course is targeted to women and queer participants.
  • This course is conducted in a single pitch environment.
  • This course is designed for outdoor climbers with personal climbing gear, confident outdoor leaders at grade 18 and competent belayers.
  • This course is suitable for most people ages 14+. If you are unsure contact us


  • Climbing safety protocols
  • Climbing ethics
  • Crag stewardship


  • All personal climbing equipment
  • Climbing hardware (ropes, draws and belay devises, slings and locking carabiners)
  • Traditional gear (single rack of cams ands a set of nuts per party)
  • Transport to the crag. Locations vary, but most courses are within a 20 minute drive from Blackheath, Blue Mountains.
  • Clothes suitable to the weather
  • A pack to carry stuff to the crag
  • Lunch, snacks and water (min 1.5L) for the day

Let us know on booking if you need help with any of these requirements

$100 per person incl GST (This course is heavily subsidised –  the rest is funded through RAWQ and with thanks from Arcteryx)