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    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Carderock Recreation Area (see description for map link)
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    Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors

    Event Description:

    OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS OF THE PATC-MS -- EMPHASIS ON PEOPLE NEW TO TOP-ROPE ANCHORS



    This is our annual spring clinic designed primarily for new climbers looking to venture outdoors
    with little or no experience building top rope anchors, or for those needing a refresher as the
    outdoor climbing season begins. While the emphasis will be on those new to building top-rope
    anchors, we hope to provide additional tips and tricks to satisfy those looking to refresh and
    expand their anchoring skill set.

    This clinic will be held at Carderock, MD. We will begin at 9:00 AM and wrap-up around 1:00 PM. Please expect to arrive at the parking lot 15 minutes early so that we can group up and
    promptly begin.

    The goal of this clinic is to provide knowledge and experience that will help you to successfully
    build and evaluate top rope anchor systems using natural protection (trees, boulders, etc).
    Building anchors using traditional pro (cams, nuts, hexes, etc) is beyond the scope of this clinic.

    In this clinic we'll cover:

    • The basic principles and physics of anchor construction and top rope systems
    • How to properly select and evaluate natural protection
    • New knots and hitches - when to use them and why
    • How to properly build, evaluate, and setup a top rope anchor

    Most importantly, we'll be there to answer questions, provide guidance, and give you the
    opportunity to gain hands-on experience building and evaluating top rope anchors yourself. If
    time permits, you might even be able to squeeze a climb in on an anchor you've built yourself!


    Skills required:

    Ability to competently top-rope belay in a gym (or outdoor) setting

    Equipment required:

    • Harness, shoes, chalk-bag & helmet (personal choice)
    • Two (2) Locking carabiners and belay device.
    • Lunch/snacks and water.
    • Optional: Additional locking carabiner and prusik loop / accessory cord


    Directions to Event:

    Note: When searching for directions on the internet, you will commonly find the community of
    Carderock, MD. Be sure to specify “Carderock Recreation Area”, or try this link:
    https://goo.gl/uOma1n
    1. From 495, take exit 41 towards Carderock. This will put you on Clara Barton Pkwy
    heading west (outside of the beltway).
    2. Once on the Pkwy, take the first exit on the right (not marked with a number) which will
    lead you up to a stop sign on an overpass.
    3. Take a left at the stop sign to proceed over the overpass toward Carderock.
    4. Continue straight after going across the overpass. You will soon bear right.
    5. Continue through a tunnel to arrive at a stop sign affectionately called the "T".
    6. Make a right at the "T" and drive to the last parking lot at the very end.

    Description:

    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 Membership:

    This event is for both members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - Mountaineering Section AND non-members.

    To join the club and enjoy other events, benefits and trainings, click here:
    http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/Join_Us


    Cancellation Policy:

    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 48
    hours, 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.

    Reminder:

    Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.


    View Carderock Recreation Area in a larger map

     

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 March Monthly Meeting - Alpine Skills Weekend Talk
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Daks Big Haus 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 February Monthly Meeting - Trad Leader Panel!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2017 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 PATC-MS 2017 Annual Meeting | Gear Swap
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Alpine Skills Weekend 2017
Friday, December 09, 2016 2016 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 2016 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Friday, November 04, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | First Fridays Social
Friday, October 21, 2016 2016 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend (Club sign-up)
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Fall Trail Work Day at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing in Greece
Sunday, September 25, 2016 Top rope (and lead!) at Sugarloaf!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting
Saturday, September 03, 2016 Yosemite National Park Trip
Sunday, August 14, 2016 Great Falls Top Roping!
Sunday, July 31, 2016 Family Day 2016!
Friday, July 15, 2016 Gunks in July 2016!
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Friday, May 06, 2016 Cinco de Mayo Seneca Trip
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Spring Trail Work Day at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | SE Asia Adventuring
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Mt. Washington Trip Report!
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Monday, February 29, 2016 Daks Haus Registrant Donations
Saturday, February 13, 2016 New Ice Leader Weekend 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Daks Big Haus 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Club Summer Expedition
Saturday, January 30, 2016 New Ice Climber Weekend 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Alpine Skills Weekend 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 2016 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Elections and Gear Swap!
Friday, December 11, 2015 2015 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 (copy) PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing and Access
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2015 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Thursday, November 12, 2015 2016 Mountaineering Section Candidate Nominations
Saturday, November 07, 2015 Fall Trail Workday at Seneca Rocks
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend 2015 Info (Public)
Friday, October 23, 2015 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend (Club sign-up)
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Club's Colorado Climbing
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Reel Rock 10!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | First Aid
Sunday, July 26, 2015 Women's Overhang Clinic
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Friday, July 17, 2015 Gunks Grey Hair Weekend
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Brit Rock!
Thursday, July 02, 2015 Annual Fourth of July at Seneca Rocks, WV
Friday, June 26, 2015 Chicks With Nuts 2015, Round 2!
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Boulder, Colorado Climbing Trip
Friday, June 12, 2015 New Follower Weekend 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Tricks & Treats
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Desert Climbing
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Saturday, April 25, 2015 New Trad Leader Day!
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Saturday, April 11, 2015 Spring Trail Work Weekend at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Alpine Skills Clinic
Sunday, March 29, 2015 WINTER IS COMING (In 9 Months)!!! Late-season Alpine Skills Clinic
Saturday, March 28, 2015 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | The Warrior's Way
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Daks Big Haus 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing in the Sierras
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Alpine Skills Weekend
Friday, January 02, 2015 New Ice Climber Weekend 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Saturday, November 22, 2014 2014 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 New Climber Day 2014!
Saturday, September 13, 2014 New Follower Weekend
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Alpinism and Mountaineering
Saturday, September 06, 2014 Fall Trail Work Weekend at Seneca Rocks
Saturday, August 30, 2014 Gunks Labor Day!
Sunday, August 10, 2014 Rope Skills Workshop
Saturday, August 09, 2014 Beat the Heat!
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Family Day - 2014!
Friday, July 11, 2014 Women Climbers Fifth Women's Climbing Summit
Thursday, July 03, 2014 4th of July at Seneca - Potluck and Camping!
Friday, June 27, 2014 Chicks With Nuts at Seneca Rocks, Round 2!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Expedition Denali film screening
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Trip to Roger’s Rock
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Carderock Adopt a Crag
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing Tips/Tricks/Gimmicks
Friday, May 23, 2014 PATC-MS * New River Gorge Memorial Day Trip 2014!
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Memorial Day Climbing Location Vote
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Haute Route Ski Mountaineering Tour
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Spring Trail Work Weekend at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Presentation: Climbing Mt. Slesse in the North Cascades
Saturday, April 19, 2014 New Trad Leader Day!
Friday, April 11, 2014 Chicks With Nuts at Seneca Rocks, Round 1!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon
Sunday, April 06, 2014 Advanced Leader Skill Day: Esoteric anchoring tips/solutions for problem anchor sites
Sunday, March 30, 2014 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Tim Rose Clinic - Strength Conditioning for Climbers (at Mix and Mingle Membership Drive and Clinic)
Saturday, March 15, 2014 GET ON THE WIDE SIDE with the PATC-MS Offwidth Clinic
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing in New Zealand
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 March 12, 2014 Vote on Motions
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek, Utah
Saturday, February 15, 2014 New Ice Leader Weekend
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Daks Big House
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2014 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
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Friday, November 15, 2013 2014 Mountaineering Section Candidate Nominations
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013 Tysons REI — PATC Presents: Climbing the Ecuadorian Andes
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Washington DC GORE-TEX® Pro Products and AAC Peek Launch Event
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Mid Atlantic Climbers - Carderock Adopt-a-Crag
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Reel Rock - A climbing film night
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Mt. Rainier Trip Presentation - PATC-MS monthly meeting
Saturday, July 20, 2013 Intro to Overhangs Clinic
Saturday, May 04, 2013 Women's Intro to Overhangs Clinic
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