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SON OF ROCK (Learn how to climb in Squamish) · Sat. May. 10th - Sun. May. 11th
Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened
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Start: Saturday, May. 10th, 6:30 am
End: Sunday, May. 11th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, May. 7th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Buchanan B313 MAP
This is the annual spring learn-to-rock-climb event in Squamish. This is for people who have never before touched rock, all the way up to learning to lead trad. One day of instruction on Saturday and an optional day of climbing on Sunday. Camping will be done at the Chief campground, but there are no reservations. The pre-trip meeting on May 7th in Buchanan B 313 is generally mandatory to arrange rides and instructors. We have harnesses, shoes and helmets (yes, you absolutely need a helmet or we will not let you climb) for rent from the club, but you will need your own belay device and locking carabiner (but these can be shared between two people if you take the intro course, rock 1).
Climbing levels are:
1. Learn to top-rope. Suitable for anyone who has never climbed or who doesn't know how to belay. Here you will learn how to belay, how to make the most important knots (esp. Figure of 8), how to check your and your partner's knot and harness and you will climb real rock. If time permits, we can also let you rappel.
2. Learn to build top-rope anchors: For those who know how to top-rope belay and tie in for top-rope climbing, but want to learn how to set-up their own top-rope anchors on bolts and trees. We will also teach you how to clean anchors and how to rappel from your anchors. You will learn some more knots and learn about anchor gear. If you already climbed a lot at climbing gyms for example then this is for you.
3. Learn to sport climb. Students participating in Rock 3 are expected to be proficient at top-rope belaying, at building and cleaning a top-rope anchor, and rappelling (otherwise you should take rock 2 first). Rock 3 is intended to introduce students to lead climbing and lead belaying. Upon completion of Rock 3, students should have the skills necessary to go single-pitch sport climbing at Chek, Area 44 or Skaha for example.
4. Learn to trad climb. This is for people who are experienced at top-roping, setting up top-rope anchors, rappeling, lead belaying (and preferably know how to lead sport) and want to learn how to place trad gear properly.
This file gives a more detailed overview of what we usually teach in each level.
How to sign-up:
We will try to get a spot in a course for everyone, however depending on how many people sign up this may not be possible. To increase your chances of getting a spot, please sign up as committed as soon as you know you can make it for sure. Committed-sign up will open on Wed. April 23, 7pm.
When you sign up please indicate which rock level you would like to learn or instruct.
Instructors, please sign up using the sign-up tool as well. You can also sign up on the wiki page but this one is easier for organizing rides. Thanks for your help!
Other important things:
If you have any questions please post them in this message board thread.
If you climb or plan to climb regularly in Squamish, you should consider helping with some Trail work in Murrin Park on Sunday morning. There won't be any instruction on Sunday morning, so you don't miss anything and you can still climb afterwards in Murrin park.
Warning: none of the instructors are real rock climbing instructors; they are just people who think they know how to climb and how to use ropes, slings and shiny climbing gear. Climbing is also dangerous.