The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Intro to crack climbing technique - Sat, Jul 29 2017

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The Basics:
Event Type:Rock Climbing
Event Location:Smoke Bluffs
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 29 2017  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 27 2017 4:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6-9hrs
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Scott MacPherson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Jacob Cook and I would like to share with you the awesomeness that is climbing cracks. Is your knowledge of crack climbing technique limited to phrases like "Turn your foot sideways and stick it in the crack. Now twist it really hard", and "If it hurts, that means you're doing it right", and "now that it's in there, don't fall because you'll lose your finger/hand/toe/ankle!"? Well, you're missing the tips that are actually helpful! Crack climbing isn't that painful if it's done well. This is going to be a climbing technique course that focuses on crack climbing that is common around Squamish. We'll start by discussing some theory and equipment (gloves, shoes) then do some practice from the ground at a crag in the smoke bluffs and give some feedback before starting some top rope on cracks. This course is for people who have experience climbing indoors or outdoors but who have very little or no experience/success with crack climbing. For everyone's enjoyment, it would be great if participants can climb 5.9 on top rope in the gym with confidence.

Required Items to Bring:
Climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device with locking carabiner, lunch, appropriate clothing
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Chalk bag, sun glasses, bug spray, nice lunch, stoke, camera, climbing tape, comfortable climbing shoes, backpack.

How to Get There:
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Jacob and I enjoy crack climbing and have had some success at it (him much more then I of course) and we have some experience instructing but this is the first time either of us have done a crack climbing course so everyone may or may not be crack addicts after this, but at the least we'll be able to get some top roping in at the smoke bluffs, so we can't lose. Regarding rain though, I generally find forecasts to be overly pessimistic. If there's a moderate chance of a moderate amount of rain, I'm inclined to still try to go climbing. I'll make a call on cancellation on the 27th if it looks certain that it's going to be bad weather for us. We're keen but we're not ducks after all. Questions or concerns? Shoot me a text or e- mail and we'll get it sorted out.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!
*Note: It's great if we can run a course with 6 participants who stay for the full course so that everyone is gaining the most from volunteer time. If you can't commit to a full day of participation, please let me know. If there is a lack of participation, we'll fill the course with people who are only able to commit to a partial day.

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