Son of Rock
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Son of Rock is a rock climbing instructional school normally held in late Spring. There are usually many different stations set up in the vicinity of the Smoke Bluffs in Squamish, with 1-2 instructors at each station leading a skill. All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary. The types of stations are determined by who is willing to instruct.
Examples of types of stations
- Rock 1:
- For people with little or no climbing experience, and who want to learn how to get off the ground safely. Topics covered include tying in, buddy checks, belaying, knots for climbing, and rappelling (optional).
- Rock 2:
- For people with Rock 1 experience (or equivalent) who want to learn how to build anchors and set up top ropes. Also covers basic rescue systems such as rope ascending and mechanical advantage systems.
- Rock 3:
- For people with extensive seconding/top-roping experience who want to learn how to lead climb on bolted protection. Topics covered include belaying a leader, clipping into bolts and rope management.
- Rock 4:
- For people with extensive experience leading on bolt-protected leads (sport climbing; Rock 3 equivalent) who wish to learn the art of traditionally-protected leads (leader placing removable protection).
Lunch is brought by each member to the crag and is had within your rock group at the adjacent crag. Dinner is held at various restaurant locations around Squamish (Howe Sound Brewpub being a favorite) in Squamish to recount epic stories of adventure and also to eat, drink and be merry. For those staying overnight for a second day of climbing, camping can be done in the Chief Campground, up the Squamish Valley if a campfire is desired or people can stay at the Squamish hostel.
Make sure that you have all the gear you will need for the day and camping afterwords if you choose to do so. If you have any questions, ask them at the pre-trip meeting.
Sunday is a do what you want day, where you can put your newly acquired rock climbing skills to the test. It may be wise to gather a club rope before the trip and the instructors may also have some club ropes that they can lend out for Sunday.... remember, these are for top-roping only.
Volunteering and Workhikes
Patient, safe and competent climbers are needed to be instructors for the event. All volunteers get credit for a workhike. Please indicate on the sign up what you are capable of doing.