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G1 Pre-req Skills Development · Wednesday, September 6th

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Organized by: Joe O\'Brien.

Start: Wednesday, Sep. 6th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom


Hi keen & hopeful G1'ers, 

This 'trip' is designed for those that do not have technical knowledge of rock climbing anchor systems, but want to do G1 Glacier School a few weeks from now. In other words, it's a means for those of a hiking/backpacking, skiing, and scrambling background to get the pre-requisite knowledge our G1 instructors want their students to have before taking G1.

This workshop is NOT a replacement for "Rock 2" as there are many things that will NOT be taught from the "Rock 2" curriculum.

What will be discussed: 

- basic climbing equipment and proper usage (e.g. harness, belay device, rope)

- technical equipment, their purposes and limitations (e.g. slings, carabiners, belay devices, ropes, etc.)

- basic knots (e.g. figure-of-8, clove hitch, double fisherman's, water knot, munter hitch)

- basic anchor building principles and systems 

What you can do to best prepare yourself for this workshop & G1:
(if you have the time)

- take a *free* belay lesson at the Aviary Climbing wall (UBC, Nest). Sign up in person, 10$ deposit required to hold spot. If you can't make it to one of their lessons, let me know in the comments. If there is enough demand/notice, I can probably book some time in the Aviary.  

EDIT: The Aviary will be closed from the 27th - 7th, so taking belay lessons during that time won't be possible (please don't harass them about this - monitors are away for the summer and those that are here need a break while the fall schedule is getting sorted.) 

In lieu of this, we will practice outside, on trees, instead... unless I can swing using The Aviary myself. Details in progress. Alternatively, we could do a day trip to Squamish.. 

- read up on books in the clubroom on "climbing anchors" (e.g. John Long's Climbing Anchors, Freedom of the Hills, etc.). Ask QM's for recommendations based on what's available. 

- look up Youtube videos of knots mentioned above, practice them at home or in the clubroom. 

*Attending this workshop does not guarantee you a spot on G1, but it STRONGLY improves your chances of attending, should other interested/committed members lack the skills/knowledge requested of them. 

*Instructors for glacier school and associated workshops are club members who volunteer their time, and are not professional guides, nor are they certified by any recognized school or association. If you don't feel comfortable taking responsibility for your own life in the context of an informal course facilitated by these VOC instructors, you should take a mountaineering course offered by a professional guiding service.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask or post on the message board!

Posted: 2017-08-09 13:33:30
Last modified: 2017-09-06 18:18:26