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Son of Rock - Learn to Rock Climb! · Sat. May. 4th - Sun. May. 5th

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Organized by: Abigail Chapman.

Start: Saturday, May. 4th, 8:30 am
End: Sunday, May. 5th, 5:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Apr. 30th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: IKB Room 182


Exams are over, the rock is dry (hopefully), the snow sucks, and the days are long! 

Son of Rock is the VOC's annual spring instructional rock climbing event held in Squamish. This trip is for people who've never touched rock before, all the way up to those wanting to learn trad or multipitch. Saturday is a full day of instruction, split into groups based on ability, and Sunday is an optional day to try out your sweet new climbing skills. We'll be camping at Mamquam River Campground on Saturday night and a limited number of people (tbd - will depend on the number of cars) can go up on Friday night to camp if they don't want to drive up Saturday morning. The pre-trip meeting (time & location tbd) will be mandatory. There will be a cost of $10 per person as a learner to cover the cost of the campground reservation which you need to bring in cash to the pre-trip to be signed up as going. It is free for instructors.

Check out the Wiki page for the event for more details about logistics and the gear you will need to bring. Helmets, harnesses and shoes can be borrowed from the VOC, but you need to get your own locking carabiner and belay device (this can be shared in pairs if you are in the intro course, Rock 1). Helmets are mandatory for everyone.  Cars, instructional groups, tents, etc. will be sorted out on Google Docs which will be posted in the first couple weeks of April. 

We will hopefully have enough room in instructional groups for everyone, but this isn't always possible. To increase your chances of getting a spot, sign yourself up as committed as soon as you're sure you can come (committed opens April 18, 9am). You will be signed up as 'going' at the pre-trip meeting the week before the trip once you have paid your $10. If you can instruct - please sign up as an instructor. (You'll save $10 and if we don't get enough and you've instructed before, I will end up bugging you anyways...) 

**Also - please consider volunteering on Sunday morning. The volunteering itself will be decided as we get closer to the trip, but will likely be with the Squamish Access Society (SAS). Especially if you plan on climbing a lot in Squamish this summer, you won't be missing much Sunday morning, this counts as a Workhike, and is a great way for the VOC to contribute to the community. 


Climbing levels are:

1. Learn to Rock Climb: 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 eights), how to check you and your partner's knot and harness and how to 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 Lead ClimbStudents participating in Rock 3 are expected to be proficient at top-rope belaying, at building and cleaning a top-rope anchor, and rappelling (Rock 2 or equivalent highly recommended). 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 single-pitch sport) and want to learn how to place traditional lead protection properly or how to safely switch leads and set up anchors on a multipitch route.

5. Introduction to Multipitch Climbing (Tentative). This is for people that have all the skills listed as requirements for Rock 4 and want to learn how to safety switch leads, set up anchors, place gear and communicate while multipitch climbing. This will also include learning a variety of useful knots and a whole plethora of other things.  

If you would like to see a thorough rundown on the curriculum for each level, check out the Google Doc.

Send me an email with any questions: [email protected]

Posted: 2019-03-25 12:52:46
Last modified: 2019-04-16 13:41:19