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Beginners Rock Climbing

Never been rock climbing? This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of top rope climbing. With a rope attached to the climber from above, rock climbing is very safe. I will be bringing a number of ropes and all the equipment needed for the group. Hiking boots are suitable for first time climbers. Climbers will also wear supplied harnesses and helmets. The hike to the climb is about a mile long. Bring a lunch and non-alcoholic drink. Climbers will learn to secure/belay the person climbing. It is important to follow safety instructions on this trip. While it is never possible to guarantee 100% safety, we will follow procedures intended to make this event fun and safe for everyone.

The gear is ready to go.  6 Ropes, 7 sets of rock climbing shoes, 7 belay devices, many carabiners, 8 harnesses, helmets, protection and packs.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was the best meetup ever in history, i can't believe the generosity of David (and Aaron) in preparing all this ahead of time and sharing their sport with the rest of us, Thank You!! Hope we can do it again.....such a thrill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • David E.

      Okay, Paul that was pretty good. I will send you the $20. ;-)

      January 20, 2014

  • Anne-Christina

    Thanks again SOOO much! Can't wait for the next time, hopefully my arm will be healed and I will be able to make some real moves (and belay!)

    January 19, 2014

    • David E.

      You did a great job Christina.

      January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a really, really great day, thank you David for your lesson, equipment, you and Aaron arriving early to set up, for everything! I'm so, so sorry you all waited for Shelly and me - we won't let that happen again.

    January 19, 2014

    • David E.

      It all worked out just fine Anna. We waited because we thought there was a problem with the directions. It was great to see you guys when we got back.

      January 20, 2014

  • David E.

    I have collected all the pictures at this site. Sometimes it's easier to share them from that site.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/106777943218528413785/MtStHelensClimbingTripWTheWanderersJanuary182014?authuser=0&feat=directlink

    January 20, 2014

  • Anne-Christina

    Great fun and the perfect challenge!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Maggie

    I'm so sorry I missed out on all the fun. Thx, David. I saw a belayer at the Quarry on my way down from the Mtn but didn't want to distract by yelling up. I would have loved it. Note to self: noble intentions aside, stick to the plan!

    January 19, 2014

  • David E.

    We had a great time, lots of laughter and learning. In fact, I even learned a new climbing term... "don't get flossed." Paul won the most improved award. Heather showed great ability, Christina persevered until she got to the top. Angela had a great first time climbing but needs to make Aaron belay her for the whole trip next time. Aaron was a huge help to the event helping me lug a huge pile of climbing gear up and set it up before the event started. Shelly and Anna added to the group with their athletic ability. It was great to meet Don and his climbing was really good. Shirley and Mike were fun and Mike was helpful to everyone.. Elizabeth and Bruce helped spread laughs, belays and climbed well. Richard was a great help to many people. Thanks guys for taking me to dinner afterwards.

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • Elizabeth M.

      David, thank you for your leadership and all the setting up you did! and taking us to your site. & Also for the supply of shoes and helmets! You made it possible to touch the anchor! After a life time of vacations looking at El Cap & climbers it was just awesome to be up close to that energy.

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like you had fun. I hope there's another beginner's climbing session coming up soon, in the area. Esp with this great weather. Keep us posted David, for when you're free. Thanks!!

    January 18, 2014

    • David E.

      Hey JJ, We did have fun on the trip and everyone felt we should repeat it every 4-6 weeks. I am hoping to lead a cave exploring trip in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, a few rafting trips will be on the schedule too. Perhaps the next climbing trip will be on February 15. Look for it to be announced on the calendar.

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Maggie

    Yeah! Love outdoor climbing, though I'll be a bit rusty. Thanks!!!

    January 13, 2014

    • Maggie

      I looked all over for you guys today! A huge group of climbers were heading up at 10:20; knowing routes are limited I thought the 2 of u setting up could use a body to hold the route(s) for SCW. Went up,inquiring all the way, to far NE routes. Went back to trailhead at fire road to meet group, waited with no luck. Ended up hiking to the top thinking it may have gotten canceled (hadn't checked mail & left phone at home). Where were you guys climbing? Yah!!

      1 · January 18, 2014

    • David E.

      We were climbing at the Quarry. We had three of us go up at 8:30 am to rig ropes and then we waited at the cars for everyone for an extra 20 minutes. Sorry you missed us.

      January 18, 2014

  • Anne-Christina

    OK! I'm in! 2 of us coming from Petaluma..and if anyone has shoes for the day, for a size 6 1/2-7 women 'twould be waaay better than my hikers..will bring Swiss chocolate to share.. : )

    January 13, 2014

    • Elizabeth M.

      I'm so new at this! I want the large foot holds! I've been in many places where ropes would have been nice, though.

      1 · January 17, 2014

    • David E.

      Elizabeth, there are some climbs with large foot holds...and some with tiny ones. We will be climbing with a rope safety at all times. There is no way you can fall when you have the rope on.

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    David's back in action! Was hiking St Helena last month and found The Bubble. Haven't climbed anything in Robert Louis Stevenson since last time. Got to practice a little bit of lead belaying/climbing elsewhere though.

    January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can get there a few hours early and help. Rigging sounds like fun! :-)

      January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You bet. Tried to text you yesterday but never got a response from your old number. Did you lose your phone in Europe or what?

      January 17, 2014

  • Bruce B.

    Anyone coming from Santa Rosa?

    January 13, 2014

    • David E.

      I will be coming from SR, but I have to leave a number of hours early to rig ropes. Perhaps some of the other people might want to carpool.

      January 14, 2014

  • Bruce B.

    Looking to carpool from Santa Rosa . I live in Rincon Valley. Any takers?

    January 14, 2014

  • Dese'

    Jamming in SF, will give this a go next time

    January 13, 2014

  • Anne-Christina

    Thank you for offering this!

    January 12, 2014

    • David E.

      Christina... hope you can join in. Do you climb at Castle Rock?

      January 13, 2014

    • Anne-Christina

      Except for a day in Switzerland last year, my climbing rust is about 30 years old : ). So I'm about a rank beginner. Waiting for my work schedule today before I commit...

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to come to this, but am currently sidelined with two broken bones in my foot. :(

    January 12, 2014

    • David E.

      Get healthy Shawn!

      January 13, 2014

  • Maggie

    Yeah!!! Love outdoor climbing, but I'll be a little rusty. Thanks!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I so wish that I could come, but the North Bay Kayakers is having a Water Craft Safety class the same day (classroom only). I hope that you plan on having another intro outing another day.

    1 · January 12, 2014

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