What we're about
Welcome to Utah sport climbers!
We're a friendly, social group and welcome new to experienced climbers. We do have some gear available to new climbers.
We do take RSVP's very seriously! Most of our summer events have wait list - so cancelling your RSVP in a TIMELY manner if you can't attend is critical. 3 no-shows (an RSVP an you don't show up) and you will be removed from our group! Sorry, not to meetup-like - but our events are very popular.
Sport climbing is a form of rock climbing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_climbing) that relies on permanent anchors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_%28climbing%29) fixed to the rock, and possibly bolts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolt_%28climbing%29), for protection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protection_%28climbing%29). In contrast, in traditional climbing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_climbing) the rock is typically devoid of fixed anchors and bolts and climbers must place removable protection as they climb. Since the need to place protection is virtually eliminated, sport climbing places an emphasis on gymnastic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnastic)-like ability, strength (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_strength), and endurance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endurance). Whereas traditional climbing emphasizes adventure (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure), risk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk) and self-sufficiency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-sufficiency). Since artificial means are used primarily for safety rather than to make upward progress, sport climbing is considered a form of free climbing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_climbing).
Every time you go climbing outside, you are potentially risking your life and limb. Stuff happens at the cliff. Loose rocks (http://climbing.about.com/od/staysafeclimbing/a/LooseRockTips.htm) fall off. Climbers fall (http://climbing.about.com/od/sportclimbing/a/HowToFall.htm) off. Gear rips out. Ropes cut over sharp edges. Lightning (http://climbing.about.com/od/staysafeclimbing/a/10TipLightClimb.htm) strikes cliff-tops. Rain makes descent routes treacherous. Belays are improperly rigged. Rappel anchors (http://climbing.about.com/od/rappelling/a/6RappelSkills.htm) are old and worn out. Climbing is not a death-defying feat, but there are risks involved.
While every attempt is made to practice safe climbing - you bear your own risk. By joining this group you agree to assume liability. Your organizers are not responsible for your safety, not any resulting injury or death!