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Sport Lead Transition Clinic

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  • YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO LEAD CLIMB AND LEAD BELAY PRIOR TO ATTENDING THIS EVENT. - This course is intended for people who are already competent at lead climbing indoors but with little to no experience leading outdoors.

    PMC is hosting a transition clinic to help you understand and develop the skills necessary to begin safely transitioning to outdoor sport leading. We will review hanging draws, belaying concerns unique to the outdoors, anchors, and cleaning techniques.

    Getting There: Directions can be found on our website, but given the limited parking, we encourage carpooling.  Carpoolers will meet at the Oakton rally point at 8am.  For those of you meeting us at the crag, we'll be shooting to arrive by 9:15-9:30.

    Required Gear:

    • Two shoulder length (approximately 60cm) slings or one Personal Anchor System (PAS).  If you have neither, we recommend purchasing a PAS.  REI carries sells one, as does Sportrock.
    • Three locking carabiners.
    • Basic climbing gear (harness, shoes, ATC with additional locking carabiner).

    Additional Supplies: You are responsible for your own food, water (1 liter minimum recommended) and any additional needs you may have.  There are no facilities in the nearby vicinity, so plan accordingly.

    Cancellation Policy: If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. This allows people on the wait list to join. If you fail to show for an event and do not cancel within 48hours, you will be considered a no show. Club members who have 3 or more no shows will not be able to register for future events for a period of one year whether its due to failure to cancel or the person does not show up for the event at all.

    PATC-MS Member Only policy: This event is for members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-Mountaineering Section only, in good standing with liability waivers on file, unless otherwise stated. To join the club and enjoy its events and trainings, click here: www.potomacmountainclub.org/

    This will be strictly enforced by event leaders. Any person who shows up to an event that is not a member will not be able to participate in the event.

    Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.

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  • Melissa

    Shucks a loo...ok let's make lemonade! Anyone want to meet at ET Rockville tomorrow late morning for some sport and TR climbing?

    May 18, 2013

  • erez

    What is our rain plan? Will we go no matter what?

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone leaving the DC area and wouldn't mind giving me a lift? :D I'll meet up with you anywhere and anytime.

    May 17, 2013

    • Dave C.

      I'm holding off on the RSVP until I complete my membership and waiver on file requirements. I'll be coming in my car from Cap Hill though...

      May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be driving from Columbia Heights as long as the weather holds and can offer some rides.

      May 17, 2013

  • Ana G.

    Sorry I will miss this

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we really meeting in a neighborhood? Mapping lat long and the map given with the map button do not coincide. ps will be member by 19th

    May 3, 2013

    • Gavin W. (.

      No, ignore that. MeetUp requires us to provide an address, something that Talking Head Wall does not have. I just pulled the lat long used for Buzzards, since they're near each other.

      Here are directions: Take I-66 to exit 6 for US-340/US-522, heading left (South) at the exit. Drive about a mile, keeping a close eye on the speed limit -- it drops quickly here and there is often a law enforcement presence on weekends. After going over a bridge turn right (East) at the light onto 55 -- look for a 7-11 on the left. Drive another well-policed 5 miles and turn left (South) at Fort Valley Rd/VA-678. After about a mile you will pass VA-619 on the left and a sign that says "Fish Culture Station" -- this is the turn off for Buzzard Rocks. Keep going on 678 for a total of about 1.8 miles from the turn from 55. The crag is on the right and easy to miss while driving.

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dang it! I was so excited, but just realized my mom will be in town that weekend. Another time then.

    May 3, 2013

  • Ben K.

    Could somebody get in touch with me and outline what "know how to lead climb and lead belay" means. Thanks.

    May 2, 2013

    • Gavin W. (.

      Hey Ben, for our purposes, we just want to make sure that all of the participants are already familiar with lead climbing and belaying. For climbing, this would mean understanding the basics: how to clip the rope into a hung quickdraw and an understanding of back-stepping, back-clipping, and z-clipping. A month of leading in a gym environment is sufficient. With lead belaying, we expect everyone to understand how to give and tack slack, spot a climber, and understand the effects of their position and the amount of rope in a system.

      May 2, 2013

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