You must be a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - Mountaineering Section club (not just this Meet-Up group) to attend. Priority will be given to active members and newly joined members! If you are not a member of PATC-MS, please sign up at www.potomacmountainclub.org! Membership will be checked by the leader. Thank you.
Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and injury may occur.
Although it is rare to use pitons today in climbing, there are still some areas where they are used such as big walls, alpine climbing, and foreign climbing areas where they are often necessary due to the rock type (Dolomites in Italy). This will be a class to learn about pitons, piton types, placement of pitons (including ways to cleanly place pitons), and piton cleaning. My aim of this class is not to encourage the use of pitons, but rather provide an education for those who may need them at some point or want to learn for historical purposes about the gear people used to climb on. I will also talk about cleaning pitons in the least destructive manner. We will be doing hands-on training in rocks that are not at a regular climbing area.
I will also cover copperheads, which are still used considerably in advanced aid climbs, but may also be found fixed on many big walls.
This will be on the ground training not involving actual climbing, other than gear testing with feet just above the ground. This training will take place even if it is slightly raining, but heavy rain will cause a postponement. Please meet at the designated spot because the training location will not be disclosed beforehand. We will carpool to the trailhead.
Bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes as we probably will travel cross country to the training locations. I would also suggest fingerless gloves or light leather gloves. You may want to consider bringing safety glasses. If you have etriers (aiders), bring a pair, otherwise I will have several pairs. You do not need to bring any pitons or copperheads as I have them. I have two hammers, but if you have a climbing hammer, feel free to bring it. Bring a backpack and be ready for hiking to an off the trail spot for this training. No experience is required for this training and beginners and curious climbers are welcome.