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Toddler of Trad · Saturday, June 3rd
Warning: This is a tentative trip : Rain?
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Start: Saturday, Jun. 3rd
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, May. 30th
Pre-trip meeting location: Zoom
Trad climbing is badass. It occupies a liminal space in the history of rock climbing, between the golden heyday of shit-inducing piton placements and the overcrowded sport crags of the present. It's also popular among purists who believe that bolting any rock face is a crime.
Basically, it involves the placement of removable gear such as nuts or cams into existing features of a rock wall to protect an ascending climber. Or, in the case of dirtbags, a girth-hitched beer can (don't actually do this).
If you're still reading, and still interested, come join me on a foray into the wonderful and terrifying world of trad. I'm be teaching you how to place cams and nuts safely, how to check placements, and how to get comfortable leading on gear.
This is the first time I am running any type of instructional trip so depending on how well (or how poorly!) the reception to this is I may decide to make this an annual trip.
Pre-requisites: Rock 3 or equivalent. Comfortable sport lead climbing and belaying, knowledge of anchors. Generally, you should be at a point in your climbing journey that you feel comfortable on bolted routes and are looking to expand into gear placements!
If you can borrow a friend's rack, bring it! I can probably source 4-5 racks on my own but the more the merrier.
Posted: 2023-04-16 14:19:17
Last modified: 2023-04-16 14:32:00