Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
So, how do you get the rope up there in the first place? Many a toprope climber has asked that same question, and this Friday afternoon we’ll be learning how. If you want to climb outdoors this spring, you’ll want to be able to lead climb. It’s like toproping, but more betterful.
Luckily, we have access to a wonderful RVA gem called the Manchester Wall. Located right on the James River in Downtown Richmond, Manchester is the perfect place to learn how to lead climb, offering easy routes with lots of bolts. It’s where I learned to climb, and it is my pleasure to carry on that tradition.
If time allows, we’ll also cover anchor cleaning and rappelling (super fun skills everyone should know), and maybe toprope on some harder routes
We’ll head out at 1:15 on Friday, drive an hour or so to Richmond, climb for probably 3 hours, maybe grab a snack, and be back around 7. I’ll be limiting the trip to probably 4 so that we don’t make a scene at the crag, and to keep the student-teacher ratio reasonable.
**Priority will go to those who already know how to top-rope belay, but don’t worry! There will be lots of chances this spring to learn to toprope and lead belay!
-Readiness to learn
(I’ll take care of ropes, belay devices, etc.)