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Lead Ladder 2014 · Thu. May. 29th - Sun. Jun. 22nd

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Organized by: Jon Leighton.

Start: Thursday, May. 29th, 6:30 pm
End: Sunday, Jun. 22nd, 6:00 pm


The Lead Ladder is an instructional rock climbing course designed for those who aspire to lead climb traditionally protected single and multi-pitch routes.  It consists of 4 x 2 hour evening sessions and a weekend in Squamish.

The Lead Ladder is not a formal qualification, merely an organised means of passing on skills. People will be closely mentored throughout the course, which has a 2:1 student to instructor ratio.  The basic idea is for people who have already done some roped climbing (perhaps top roping or sport) to gain skills and experience safely by leading routes well within their comfort zone of at least 5.7 and up (there is no mock leading).  Whilst you will learn skills required to lead climb, it won't teach you how to move on rock more efficiently or turn you into a 'climber' per se, but it will certainly accelerate that process.  Several people who attended previous years went from mainly top-roping in the Bluffs to full length routes on the Chief in the same season.

10 places are available.  If more than 10 apply, people will be selected based on their suitability for the course, how much time they have left at UBC to give some skills back and on a first come first served basis. Please summarise the following in the comments section on the sign up: 

How long left in the VOC? Please be honest and state the most likely outcome if you don't know. 
Previous climbing experience (no more than a sentence, eg., 1 season leading sport upto 5.10a, top roping for 5 months before that).

Note however that the four classroom sessions are open to anyone and will be between 6.30 and 8.30pm either on the sports pitch by the bus loop or at the wall in the Norm Theatre (hopefully); meet at the club room.  TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENING SESSIONS, PLEASE USE THE WIKI PAGE:

The classroom sessions consist of: 

29 May Equipment (Theory) 
5 June Belay systems (Practical) 
12 Jun Hoists, Rescues & Emergencies 1 (Practical)
19 Jun Hoists, Rescues & Emergencies 2 (Practical)

If you want to attend the Lead Ladder weekend, please ask yourself the following questions before hitting the signup button. 

Do I have a minimum of 6 months outdoor climbing experience which includes lead belaying?
Can I usually top rope 5.8 outdoors cleanly? 
Am I happy falling off as a second or on a top rope? 
Do I want to / do I feel ready to lead? 
Have I got more than 1 year left in the VOC? 
Will I be attending VOC climbing meets so that the club can make use of my new skills? 

The answer to all of these should be yes, but the system isn't immune to flexibility. 

The Lead Ladder weekend is 21-22 Jun.  We will camp overnight in Squamish.

There will also be some background learning (not too much, mostly watching videos and a bit of reading), which I will organise soon.

Give me a call or post up if you have any questions.


Jon Leighton

Posted: 2014-04-29 10:15:49
Last modified: 2014-06-08 18:54:20