Disclaimer: This trip is almost purely instructional, but don’t worry, it will be a fun outing on the banks of the James River in Richmond!
The purpose of this trip is to increase your climbing IQ, so that you can confidently attend any club climbing trip and know that you have all the technical skills to participate. It can be intimidating to go on a trip when people ask you to “clean the anchors” or “jug them up” and you have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Hopefully, this trip will eliminate much of this!
Skills/Topics (essentially what a competent “second” knows)
-Putting on climbing gear
-Tying into the rope
-Top rope belaying
-Lead belaying with both an ATC and GriGri (very different from tope rope belaying and will consume most of our time)
-Cleaning a sport or traditional route
-Cleaning the anchors at the top of a route
This trip is open to everyone interested in learning to climb, even if you have never climbed before. If you don’t know what any of the above mentioned skills/topics are, even just one, sign up. You will probably learn something new about another as well.
I am making the trip size small so everyone gets plenty of attention and time to practice. Don’t worry if the trip fills up, I will work to create as many trips as possible over the next week or so to meet demand (if there is any). I simply want everyone interested in club climbing trips to have these skills.
Things to bring:
-Small day pack
If you do not have any of this gear you should be able to get it from the club’s gear room.
Please contact me if you have any questions.