Son of Rock
Son of Rock is being revisited this year and will be held on a weekend in mid April (before exams) or if the weather is bad then it will be held after exams in April. There will be many different stations set up in the vicinity of the smoke bluffs in Squamish. There will be a instructor at each station leading a skill. All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary. The types of stations will be determined by who is willing to instruct.
Examples of types of stations
- Rock 1:
- For people will 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.
- Basic Anchors:
- For people with some climbing experience who want to learn how to build anchors and set up top ropes.
- Basic rappelling skills using a figure 8, ATC or similar belay device
- How to build a carabiner brake in case you lose you normal belay device.
- Rock 3:
- For people with extensive seconding experience who want to learn how to lead climb. Topics covered include belaying a leader, gear placement and rope management.
- Hip belay for technical climbing:
- Drop your belay device? With proper technique, you can safely hip belay someone up a steep technical climb. Hip belays are usually only used in general mountaineering on moderate terrain, but they can be applied in technical terrain as well if the need arises.
- Escaping the belay for rescue:
- Useful to know how to rescue someone especially if you are in a remote area.
- Body rappel:
- Learn how to transfer all that friction that your belay device usually takes onto your body while not causing any permanent damage to yourself. Note that actually doing this can cause bad rope burn, so wear appropriate clothing (i.e. denim).
Lunch will be a communal potluck style had near the crag. Dinner will be had at the Brew Pub in Squamish to recount horror/joy stories and also to eat drink and be merry. Camping can be had in the chief campground or people can stay at the Squamish hostel.
Make sure that you have all the gear you will need for the day and whatever you plan on doing afterwards if you have any questions ask them at the trip meeting.
Sunday is a do what you want day, where you can put your newfound 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. It is ok for you to be both an instructor and student all within the same day.