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Rock Climb: Education with Guide - Learn to Lead or Follow Multi Pitch Rock

  • May 25, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Learn To Lead & Follow - Trad Climbing with AMGA Guide....

Min 4 Climbers for this meetup to take place.

What Should We Do…..???  Go rock Climbing of course... Its almost summer!

Rock Climbing: “ Guided” Learn to Lead or follow a Trad Rock climbing Route. Class #3 & 4 Rolled into one class

More details:
Introductory Course Series: Lead Climbing (or) Following Traditional "Multi" Multiple pitch Rock Route.
"Trad" Traditional Rock Protection. Learn the systems of setting up a solid belay station and placement of "Passive Protection". You will pratice and learn about all kinds of placements and systems of protection for creation of anchors be it for multi pitch or setting up top-rope.

Learn how to become a knowing participant and learn of what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing party.


Skills:
Learn hands on, solid belaying skills. Belayer’s responsibilities and anticipated rope work. Gear & speedy placements and removal & gear racking for multie-pitch climbing. If time is available learn good retreating skills on a difficult route or repel. There is lots of doe's & Don'ts....


Also:
When is it best to use one climbing style or technique rather than another? Which style is most appropriate for which situation? Is it best to steer toward the cracks, or stick with the footholds or head out onto the open face, while still following the rope ahead of you. All these issues can be addressed while getting in some great climbing knowledge and time on the rock. Different character climbs or difficulty as we go, depending upon groups needs or skills.


This course is progressive method from (Class#2) additional skills with rock climbing.

 


Other - Meetup’s & Skill Building:


Class#1 - Learn to climb on Rock.
Beginner basic’s who never climbed on rock, or have only been climbing indoors at a rock gym, this program is for you. We’ll go over the fundamentals of climbing and focus on giving you the knowledge to become a confident rock climber. You’ll go over and learn about the relevant equipment, knots and terminology, and then we’ll move right into belaying, where to belay from in rock or ice, body position, Being Anchored or not? Footwork and working around the climbing location.

Class#2 - Top rope set up.
Systems & Anchors, When it is time to start thinking of heading out on your own, you’ll want to hit this course first. We’ll take your knowledge and experience on the rock and fine-tune it to address the myriad issues that come with establishing top rope systems. You’ll learn how to assess a site for climbing and anchoring potential, and how to set anchors at the top and bottom of the crag using a variety of methods and materials. We’ll also cover how to deal with the typical issues that can complicate a day of top roping: difficult cliff-top access, troublesome situations at the edge, awkward descent options, etc.

Class#3: Following Trad climber.

Knowing what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing team is the goal. Learn hands on, solid belaying skills, Belayer’s responsibilities and anticipate rope work. Gear & speedy anchor removal & gear racking for multie-pitch climbing. Retreating saftly on a difficult route on repel.

Class#4 - Learning being a lead climber on Trad
Learning the responsibilities of such a leader. Picking good protection placements and belay location’s. Safety of your follower / belayer who might be more inexperienced. Selection of gear and why? for certain, types of solid belay’s or repel stations. Problem Solving. Route finding skills & pitfalls of being off route. Retreating from a difficult route on rappel and what makes a good location to rappel from on broken terrain where anything can happen.
As, time allows couple pitches of solid real life practice and escape practice scenarios or coaching on the “what if’s”…!


Class#5 - Aid Climbing “Beginner”
Basic’s and systems of climbing either a short section you cannot trad climb past or a intro to a big multie pitch aid climbing & systems.



Class#6 – Self Rescue & Rescue the lead climber.
* Climbing self-rescue procedures for teams of two.
* Techniques equally effective on rock, snow, and ice
* Utilizes gear climbers already carry in their rack

More comprehensive then learn to lead, The rope is stuck, or too short. A crucial piece of gear is MIA. You've wandered off route into dicey terrain. An injury leaves you or your partner in need of help. Climb long enough and finding yourself in a jam far from help is inevitable. In climbing, Self Rescue is inevitable. Let long-time climbing instructors and guides teach how to improvise your own solutions, calling for outside help only when necessary.

Because few climbers carry fancy (and expensive) search and rescue gear, all skills taught in this class use the items typically found on a climbing rack: rope, carabineers, slings, and cord. Explain knots, belaying and hauling systems, rappelling, ascension, passing knots, how to safely assist and rig an injured climber, and more. Real-life climbing scenarios and solutions ranging from moderate to severe. Because real-life situations rarely unfold as they do in practice, Learn how to analyze and improvise your way out of a crisis.


WHEN DOES IT PAY TO HIRE A GUIDE?

By Chris Simmons, February 17, 2014

IFMGA Mountain Guide and Outdoor Research athlete Chris Simmons hears all the time about the value of his services. He also hears about how it's cheaper to just have a friend teach you to climb or ski. He recently sat down with a pen and a napkin to find a way to explain the benefits of professional instruction.


If you want to have the most effective (time+effort) experience or instruction, consider hiring an IFMGA Mountain Guide or a PSIA 3 Instructor (for ski areas).  Everything else is just a compromise.

If someone chooses to save money in equipment and professional instruction in the spirit of "DIY," they should be prepared for developing at a slower rate, and learning more lessons by mistakes.  At some point on the graph, usually depending on what your final desired outcome is, trying to save that money in the beginning actually costs more in time spent correcting those mistakes.



Sometimes it pays to be cheap. But at some point, you pay by being cheap.


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  • Paul H. C.

    OK - that makes two.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Paul H. C.

    I could do Aug. 9 or 10 if that would work. It wouldbe nice to have a third. Anyone else interested?

    1 · July 17, 2014

    • Daniel

      I can wait till Sept...

      July 20, 2014

    • Lovena (Lovey) H.

      I guess I can wait till Sept as well...

      July 20, 2014

  • Daniel

    Hi paul will u run another class soon?

    July 16, 2014

    • Jay B.

      I will look onto some more options for you and the group.

      1 · July 16, 2014

    • Lovena (Lovey) H.

      I'm looking for a class too! :)

      1 · July 16, 2014

  • Paul H. C.

    I will. Unfortunately it won't be till September. I am very busy right now.

    July 16, 2014

  • Jennifer

    So bummed that I missed it! Guess That's what happens when you try to Google the weather at 4am! So when's the next one? (-;

    May 26, 2014

  • Paul H. C.

    Thanks guys, We sure pulled one out of the hat with the weather!

    May 26, 2014

  • Chris L.

    Had a great time learning trad! I can't wait to go again!

    May 25, 2014

  • Casey S

    Awesome trip, learned a lot and had a great time. Would definitely do it again.

    May 25, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Hi Paul, based on the looks of the weather, and the fact that I live three hours south, I'm afraid I have to bow out of this one. I'd like to catch another class though. I'll contact you by phone a bit later to discuss. Best, Jen

    May 25, 2014

  • Casey S

    I'm coming from Salem nh anyone want to drive up together? I have 4 seats and space for gear. I can pick up anyone on my way north and can drop you off on the way back. I have a 2 hour drive so I figured I could at least save someone else on gas. Text or call[masked]

    May 23, 2014

  • Paul H. C.

    Let's wait till friday night. We could move it to Monday , Memorial day if everyone would like

    May 22, 2014

    • Casey S

      I could've done Monday too but it's a higher chance of rain on Monday than Sunday. What's the plan?

      May 23, 2014

    • Paul H. C.

      OK, This is my proposal. Let's do it on Sunday. We will meet at the Echo Lake Parking Lot, which is one exit north of the tramway exit. Most of this, (believe it or not ) can and will be done at ground level , accept for the real actual leading. There will be some wet rock, but that shouldn't hurt us. If it is just pouring down in the morning, My phone # is[masked]-0856. You won't have to pay if you don't show up because of the rain. I will be invested because I have an hour's drive over there, and you will have the same investment. Bring what gear your have , and lots of questions.

      May 23, 2014

  • Paul H. C.

    I don't really do the course #1-#2 #3 thing. If you think you are ready, and are interested in learning ab out traditional climbing, then just jump in. Meet-up has many intro days etc. If you would like private instruction , I can help with that, and am happy to run any course at any time, especially if there is two or three of you.

    May 22, 2014

  • Meghan H.

    Hi Paul--Any chance of course #1 happening again this summer? Was going to come Sunday but realized I missed the first two!

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Paul H. C.

    You can borrow and share. You will need your own harness helmet and shoes. But you should bring any gear of your own that you have, so we can discuss the pro's and con's of each piece of equipment. It is supposed to be a nice day, We will meet at the Echo Lake Parking lot. My cell #is[masked] if you are late or get lost.

    May 8, 2014

    • Noelle

      Hi Paul, the forecast looks like chance of showers Sun, and wet rock from showers Sat. What's your policy regarding the weather?

      May 21, 2014

    • Paul H. C.

      Would people like to move it to Monday, Memorial Day?

      May 22, 2014

  • Chris L.

    will we need our own protection/rope or will we be able to borrow/share?

    May 7, 2014

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