Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS - EMPHASIS ON PEOPLE NEW TO TOP-ROPE ANCHORS
This is our annual spring clinic designed primarily for new climbers venturing outdoors with little or no experience building top rope anchors or for those needing a refresher as the outdoor climbing season begins. Hopefully, there will be sufficient esoteric tips/tricks thrown out to satisfy those experienced climbers looking to expand their anchoring efficiency/skills.
We will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and wrap-up around 1:00 PM.
The major emphasis will be on knot tying and building top rope anchors using trees and other natural pro. Building anchors using traditional protection (cams, nuts, hexes) is beyond the scope of this clinic.
The plan is to introduce various knots and anchor schemes demonstrating and practicing in the parking lot at Carderock, Md. After some time practicing, answering questions and such, we can take it to the rock cliffs and build some anchors and climb.
Ability to belay
Harness, shoes, chalkbag. Two (2) Locking carabiners and belay device. Helmet (personal choice). Lunch/snacks and water.
Directions to Event:
When following the searching directions on the internet, keep in mind that 'Carderock' will find the community of Carderock, MD, but the climbing area entrance is directly across from Naval Reseach Lab Complex on the Clara Barton Parkway (of course this millitary installation isn't displayed on the map); you cannot miss this GIANT complex. Coming off the beltway on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west, away from the beltway, take your first exit once you are on the Clara Barton. At that stop sign you'll be on an overpass, take a left to Carderock-Right to the front gate of the millitary complex. Go over the overpass and swing right, the road then turns left then having gone under the "Carderock" overpass you will arrive at a Stop sign affectionately called the "T". Make a right turn at the T-intersection and drive to the very last parking area.Event
This clinic is primarily for new climbers venturing outdoors with little or no experience building top rope anchors. Hopefully, there will be sufficient esoteric tips/tricks thrown out to satisfy those experienced climbers looking to expand their anchoring efficiency/skills.
PATC-MS Member Only policy:
This event is for members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-Mountaineering Section only, in good standing with liability waivers on file. To join the club and enjoy its events and trainings, click here: http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/content/view/17/28/
This will be strictly enforced by event leaders. Any person who shows up to an event that is not a member will not be able to participate in the event.
If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. This allows people on the wait list to join. If you fail to show for an event and do not cancel within 48hours, you will be considered a no show. Club members who have 3 or more no shows will not be able to register for future events for a period of one year whether its due to failure to cancel or the person does not show up for the event at all.
Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.
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