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ALL RCK 3 Training Now Registering!

From: Darren S.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:04 AM

Hello Meetup Mailing List folks,

How would you like to learn to lead climb this summer? SMC is ready for you! I just finished posting all Rock Climbing Level Three (RCK 3) training events for 2016, which in addition to all the other RCK 1 and RCK 2 events complete a pathway from beginner to expert. ALL FREE for SMC members! You can get a free or paid membership today:

RCK 3 is split into Level Three, Day One (RCK 3.1) which is trad lead climbing, followed by Level Three, Day Two (RCK 3.2), which is multi-pitch, and Level Three, Day Three (RCK 3.3) which is advanced multi-pitch with an emphasis on alpine rock. Our rock rescue course, RCK 3.4 is also live. Typically these courses are offered on the third and fourth weekends of every month until the end of 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.
  • You can receive RCK training online. Those that attend will be RSVPed first for the limited space we have on field training dates. The fee pays for the online service and helps support club operations. This is only available to paid members.
  • Free loaner gear is provided on all these training events - harness, helmet, rock protection, ropes, and even shoes.

Please check out the first few months of RCK 3 dates below, and you can view the rest all the way through November at our official website

RCK 3 Online: Advanced Rock Climbing. 1.5 hr. interactive video teleconference with priority RSVP for RCK 3.1, RCK 3.2 and RCK 3.3. We'll demonstrate, discuss and preview all that they entail and get you ready for success. In an interactive video presentation we'll discuss how best to select, place and assess gear on lead, strategic racking, clipping, and cleaning, building belay anchors, efficient transitions at the belay, belaying a leader and belaying a follower(s), climbing in teams of three, options for descending a route, principles of climbing at altitude, considerations for the approach and descent, climbing with boots / bivy packs, technique for twin ropes and half ropes, rappel anchors, simul-climbing, kiwi coil, hanging belays, terrain belays, and quick rescue. For paid members only, $90,  Not a member yet?Join here.

RCK 3 Online: June 16th |  June 30th |  July 22nd August 4th |  August 19th August 31st

RCK 3.4 Online: Rock Climbing Rescue. 1.5 hr. interactive video teleconference with priority RSVP for RCK 3.4. We'll demonstrate, discuss and preview all that RCK 3.4 covers and get you ready for success. In an interactive video presentation we'll discuss self-rescue, ascending the rope, escaping the belay, assisted lowering, raising using mechanical advantage, rappelling past a knot, tandem rappel, counterbalanced rappel, patient care, and assisting injured or incapacitated climbers. For paid members only, $70. Not a member yet? Join here.

RCK 3.4 Online: June 22nd |  June 30th |  August 15th |  August 19th

The Free Field Training RCK 3.1: Traditional Lead Rock Climbing, RCK 3.2: Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing and RCK 3.3 Advanced Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing are offered from June - November. The first dates are this weekend,June 17th and 18th! Qualify by attending the online RCK 3 training or having prior mock, sport lead, or trad lead climbing experience. RCK 3.4 first dates are next weekend! Free loaner gear is provided on all. Completion places RCK 3 on your SMC profile. See all dates at

We have continued to refine and improve our rock climbing training offerings to you, the club member, because you have supported the dream to make SMC a community where everyone can climb, train, and reach for the peaks together. Thank you!

I hope you will join us this summer on these and all the other events SMC is providing to help you fulfill your mountain adventure ambitions.


Darren Shutt

SMC Exec. Director

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