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All RCK Level 1 training events now live!

From: Darren S.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 11:27 AM

Hello members,

When we started our rock climbing training program 4 years ago we had no idea how amazing it would become. This summer we have continued to refine and improve our offerings to you, the club member, who have supported the dream to make SMC a community where everyone can climb, train, and reach for the peaks together.

I just finished posting all Rock Climbing Level One (RCK 1) training events for 2016. They are split into Level One, Day One (RCK 1.1) which is an introduction to rock climbing, followed by Level One, Day Two (RCK 1.2), which follows that with coaching of rock climbing technique. Typically these are going to be offered on the first weekend of every month until November.

We are proud to highlight a few features of the 2016 SMC rock climbing training program:

  • All SMC field training events are now FREE. All you need to do is join the interest list on our official website, and you will be selected based on criteria on your SMC profile.
  • Loaner gear is provided - harness, helmet, pro, ropes, and even shoes.
  • We can hold rock training anywhere - in places you like to climb, such as Donner Summit, Tahquitz Rock, Lovers Leap, J-Tree, etc. Final locations will be determined by the instructor, and we will be able to provide a few dates in So-Cal (finally!)
  • You can receive preparatory training online - and for this we do charge a fee, and is only available to paid members. Those that take this prep experience will be RSVPed first for the field training, space available. But it is not required to qualify to attend the free field trainings. This fee pays for the online service and helps support club operations.

I hope you will consider the club in your rock climbing goals this year. Please check out the first few months of RCK 1 dates, and you can view the rest on

RCK 1 Online: Beginning Rock Climbing. For paid members only, $70, 1.5 hr. interactive video teleconference with priority RSVPing for both RCK 1.1 and RCK 1.2. We'll review all that RCK 1 entails and get you ready for success.

RCK 1 Online dates:  May 11th |  May 18th |  June 1st |  June 29th

RCK 1.1: Introduction to Rock Climbing, and RCK 1.2: Rock Climbing Technique. Maximum 10. FREE. Qualify by having prior scrambling or climbing experience on your SMC profile, or by attending the online RCK 1 training. Safety, gear, knots, belaying, scrambling, spotting, footwork and handholds, coaching on fundamental techniques for crack, face and slab climbing and overarching rock climbing concepts and strategies on top roped climbs. Loaner gear is provided. Completion places RCK 1 on your SMC profile.

MAY:  RCK 1.1 May 13th |  RCK 1.2 May 14th

JUNE:  RCK 1.1 June 4th |  RCK 1.2 June 5th

JULY:  RCK 1.1 July 9th |  RCK 1.2 July 10th

AUGUST:  RCK 1.1 August 6th |  RCK 1.2 August 7th

Registration and interest lists for these events are now live. RCK 2 and RCK 3 dates will follow soon! I hope you will join us this summer on these and all the other events SMC is providing to help you fulfill your mountain dreams.


Darren Shutt

SMC Exec. Director




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