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Rock 2 & 3 Workshop · Sunday, November 24th

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Organized by: Noah Macdonald.

Start: Sunday, Nov. 24th, 9:00 am


When climbing outdoors, “kinda remembering” crucial skills is not enough. It’s important to have a solid grasp on anything and everything related to safety. That’s why, prior to the Smith Rock trip I’m running in December, I’ll be running a Rock 2 + 3 Refresher Course intended to bolster confidence in anchor building and lead climbing/belaying. 



Who is this for?

Anyone committed to going on my Smith Rock Trip in December will get priority. 


Otherwise, this is intended towards any VOCer who has some degree of past experience with either Anchor Building or Leading, but has become rusty. 


If you have no experience whatsoever with Anchor Building and/or lead, this probably won’t be the best workshop for you. You can still attend if there is enough room, but, and I cannot stress this enough, do not assume that this crash course will thoroughly prepared you to climb outdoors without a more experienced partner. I am NOT a certified mountain guide, and without practicing the skills I teach, you won’t absorb them as well as if you went to Rock Party or Son of Rock and practiced them. If you do decide to go climbing outside, go with someone more experienced than you who can show you the ropes. My slightly strange demonstrations using gear that’s not attached to a rock face will definitely not translate well when you’re stressed at the top of a climb.



If there is adequate demand, I may try to get volunteers to help out. If you're perhaps interested in volunteering, feel free to sign up as "interested," ignore my questions, and say that you're interested in volunteering. I'll send you an email if it looks like we have sufficient interest to require more people than just myself.

For a more thorough description of the Rock 2/3 Curriculum, see this document.


How do I sign up?


There are a few simple steps to follow.


  1. When signing up, make sure you ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. You must answer both questions to have a spot at the workshop (Are you planning to go on my Smith Rock trip in December / Are you signing up for Rock 2, 3 or both?).

  2. When I see what the numbers look like, I will send you an email telling you whether or not there is space. Please reply to the email confirming that you still intend to attend.


NOTE: You DO NOT need to sign up for/attend both the morning/afternoon portions. The morning will be a Rock 2 (Anchor Building) refresher, and the afternoon will be a Rock 3 (Lead) refresher. Just make sure you indicate which you are going to attend.


The instructional portion will be held in the VOC Clubroom.


Part 1: Rock 2

9:00am - 10:30am: Basic rundown of how to build an anchor, why they matter, etc

10:30am - 11:30am: How to rappel & clean anchors without killing yourself


11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch!


Part 2: Rock 3

12:30pm - 2:00pm: How to lead belay, how to clip, problems with Z-clips/back clips


2:00pm - 5:00pm: Head down to Cliffhanger, take your lead tests en-masse if you haven’t already, and lead some 5.easy routes to feel warmed up.


Posted: 2019-11-08 14:24:29
Last modified: 2019-11-20 09:08:26