Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition

  • Saturday, October 04, 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Elizabeth Furnace, Talking Headwall Crag
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  • This clinic is targeted at climbers who already know how to lead climb and lead belay at a gym.

    Participants are also expected to know how to rappel.

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Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition

-Experienced Indoor Sport Climbers Only-

Event Description:

This clinic is for sport climbers who have limited or no experience leading sport routes outside and would like to learn how to safely transition to outside sport leading.  Participants must know how to rappel!

The major items covered will be outdoor sport climbing equipment, the differences between routes indoors and outdoors, clipping positions, fall zones, belaying and catching outdoors, different types of top anchors and cleaning the route from the anchors to the bolts.

We'll also have a discussion on proper outdoor crag etiquette and Leave No Trace principles.

We will meet at the Oakton, VA Shopping Center rally point at 0730 and carpool out to Talking Headwall Crag near Elizabeth Furnace in the GW National Forest (near Front Royal).  We should wrap up around 4-5pm. 

Skills required:

Ability to lead belay and sport climb.  Ability to rappel.

Equipment required:

Harness, climbing shoes, chalk bag, belay device and locking carabiner, and 2 additional locking carabiners.  A helmet is also recommended (personal choice).  Quickdraws and a personal anchoring system (PAS) should be brought if you have them.  We will provide some gear for your use.

Directions to Event: 

Take I-66 West to Front Royal, Exit 6.  Turn left at the light onto Rt. 522 South.  Take 522 to Rt. 55 (across from a 7-11) and turn right on Rt. 55 West.  Go about 5 miles and turn left onto Rt. 678/Fort Valley Road.  Continue on Rt. 678, enter the GW National Forest and pass the crag up on your right.  Shortly after the crag, look for a parking area on the right.  Park here and walk to the crag.

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, unless otherwise stated. To join the club and enjoy its events and trainings, click here:
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.

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 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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