Purpose: To introduce graduates of the Basic Climbing Class to the art and pseudo-
science of leading fifth class rock climbs.
Competencies: The Graduate will be able to properly place chocks to protect the lead,
will be able to set up a multi-directional anchor, and will be able to do this with
confidence knowing that he or she could die or be seriously injured while practicing this
Course Text Book: "Climbing Anchors". By John Long, Chockstone Press, Evergreen,
Class Session 1
What the Leader does when leading.
- Review- Anchors, Belaying the Leader, Protection, Communication
- Introduce- The Sharp End, Racking Hardware, the role of Slings, Strength of
Equipment, Dynamics of a Fall, Check Lists for Belayer and for Leader, Equipment List
Practice Session 1
Practicing what the leader does.
Class Session 2
Leading -- what to do in various situations.
- Review climbing trip, share lessons learned
- Preparing for the unexpected, What if....?, Accidents in North American
Practice Session 2
Leading -- practicing leading in a relatively low angle climb.
Following the Graduation Climb
For more information, or to register for this course, call Wayne at (480) 704-1682 before
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