SNCS 3 (Singapore National Climbing Standard)
Multi-pitches Lead Climbing
What is SNCS 3?
This course is designed as a follow on from the SNCS 2 and SNAS 1.

This course introduces the techniques of climbing bolted multi-pitch routes safely.
Why train with me?
If you have made up your mind to get trained, there are many options out there. Why sign up with me? When you learn new skills, not only do you want to learn from somebody who has mastered those skills, but also from somebody who is current, and good at teaching.

I have been trained in various countries such as Singapore(duh!), Australia, Indian Himalayas, Scotland, England, and the French Alps. You can find out more here. I will be able to provide you with multiple perspectives that will help you in your learning journey.

I follow a social constructivist theory of learning and apply an inquiry-based approach as my pedagogy. This is a mouthful but in essence, it means that the way that I design the sessions is very deliberate. Often, you only get back to the activity after a few months following your training. My aim is that you understand the fundamentals such that you feel confident to carry on even after a few months break. Don't just take my words for it, you can see what previous participants said below.
What does the syllabus cover?
This standard introduces the techniques of climbing bolted multi-pitch routes safely.
  • Lead Climbing
    • Artificial Climbing Walls vs Natural Rocks
    • Types of protection points
    • Multi-pitch climbing
  • Anchor System
    • Criteria for anchors
    • Types of anchors (Self-equalized, Isolated/Static, Rope anchors)
  • Introducing Equipment for Multi-Pitch Climb (usage, care, limitation)
    • Dynamic ropes – Single/Half/Twin
    • Accessory Cords/Prusiks (various diameters)
    • Quickdraws
    • Slings (Runners) / Tapes (safety slings, extension as Runners, anchors)
    • Belay devices
    • Circular descending devices (e.g. Figure-of-8, Harpoon)
    • Planular descending devices (e.g. Stich Plate)
    • Tubular descending devices (e.g. ATC)
    • In-Line adjustable devices (e.g. Rack)
    • Auto-locking descending devices (e.g. Gri Gri, Cinch, Stop)
  • Multi-Pitch Climb
    • Leading & seconding – changeover
    • Setting up anchors (using slings/tapes, ropes)
    • Belaying (direct & indirect)
    • Pre-climb checks
    • Climbing commands
    • Safety considerations – anchors, fall factor, buddy check
  • Knots & Hitches (usage, limitation, dressing)
    • Double Figure of 8 knots with double bight
    • Friction knots (Standard/Classic, Klemheist, French)
    • Overhand knot
    • Clove Hitch
    • Italian Hitch (Munter)
  • Understanding risk involving multi-pitch climbing
  • Abseil
    • Abseil with backup (auto-block)
    • Counter-balance abseil
    • Stack abseil
  • Ascending on ropes (prusiking)
How to sign up?
If you made up your mind, below are some of the details you need to know about the course:

Course & Instructor Fee: S$ 240
Duration: 2 Days
Location: Various options are available upon sign-up
Exclusion: Meals, Gym entrance fee, equipment rental,

I only run courses on weekends. For signing up, please watsapp me here indicating number of people and preferred date.
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