New Trad Leader Day!

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Buzzard Rocks, VA
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Are you looking to lead your first trad climb?

Experienced traditional climbing leaders will share the knowledge and techniques they use to lead single and multi-pitch rock routes.

*** Note: This will only be a one-day event, rather than the two days that Andy originally announced because of scheduling. The backup (rain) day is the following day, Sunday 26 April. ***

Topics covered include: Route preparation, anchors, intermediate pieces of protection, anchors, how to place protection, and the climbing sequence. The day will culminate with participants mock leading a route as they apply what has been covered during the day. This day will in no way replace professional instruction or the usual years of apprenticeship many climbers take on in order to develop the judgment and skills necessary to lead climb as safely as is possible. This event is meant for those just learning to lead trad climbs.

The event will take place at Buzzards Rock, VA.

Skills required:

  First and foremost the willingness to take responsibility for yourself and the safety of others.

  The ability to lead belay and comfortably follow rock routes.

   Knowledge of basic climbing knots like: retraced figure eight, figure eight on a bight, overhand knot, overhand on a bight, clove hitch, double fisherman’s knot, friction hitches like the prussic and/or the autoblock.

  Knowledge of setting up top rope anchors

Equipment required:

•    Personal climbing gear (shoes, helmet, harness) 

•    One locking biner and belay device 

•    One, 20 ft. cordelette 

•    One, 1 inch wide, 48’ length tied nylon, runner 

•    Headlamp 

•    Appropriate food, water, and clothing

Carpool to Event: Due to limited parking at trailhead, we will carpool from the Oakton Rally Point, leaving at 7:15 am before driving to Buzzard Rocks. We will rally near the Starbuck located in the shopping center at 2930 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, VA 22124. It’s located off of Route 123, the exit past Nutley St. Directions to carpool: On 66 take the exit after Nutley, which is 123 north (right), go 4 lights and turn LEFT into strip mall! OR Nutley north (right) (more traffic) and all the way to Maple, then turn left for 2 miles to Famous Dave's. (easier to go to the next exit @ 123). There is a GIANT grocery tucked way in the back. If you plan to hit Starbucks or McDonalds, please come early so we don’t have to wait for you.

Carpool to event will take about an hour. There will be an approximate two-mile hike into the climbing area during which event leaders will share of knowledge and techniques.

Miscellaneous 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 it's due to failure to cancel or the person does not show up for the event at all.

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.

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This event will be strictly enforced by event leaders.  If you are under or over qualified, and there is a waiting list, then event leaders reserve the right to swap out attendees. Any person who shows up to an event that is not a member will not be able to participate in the event.

Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.


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