The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Course: Introduction to Sport Climbing - Sat, May 4 2019, Sun, May 5 2019

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:Squamish, Smoke Bluffs
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 4 2019, Sun, May 5 2019  8:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 3 2019 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:Full Weekend
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Todd Powell
Martin Siegert
David Hiscock
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Member Cost:$60.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 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: 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

This is a 2 day course intended to introduce club members to single-pitch sport climbing, i.e. leading on on bolted routes.

Participants will learn how to use quickdraws to protect themselves on lead on a bolted route and how to setup and dismantel anchors when sport climbing. The first day will be instruction and climbing, and the second day mostly supervised climbing.

  • Selecting the necessary equipment.
  • Clipping techniques.
  • Avoiding clipping mistakes (back-clipping and "Z"-clipping).
  • Proper lead belaying techniques (using ATC or similar device).
  • Setting up sport climbing anchors.
  • Cleaning the anchor and lowering.
  • Top roping climbing experience, - some outdoor climbing experience is preferred.
  • Comfortable and experienced with belaying.
  • Able to tie in securely and check partner.
  • Climbing confidently at 5.9 indoors: participants should be able to climb ANY 5.9 route in an indoor climbing gym without falling, weighting the rope or pausing for long period of time during the climb.

Applicants who sign up for this course will be will be reviewed prior to acceptance into the course. DO NOT PAY until you have been notified of your acceptance into the course.

Community Contribution
A dozen or more willing volunteers, put in a thousand or more hours a year to make these courses happen, all of which include top-quality instruction at incredible value for money. We'll literally share everything we know about staying safe in the mountains with you, because we want you to experience nature as we do.

That said, participation is a two way street, and if you're going to take a course, we ask that you start thinking about ways to contribute back to the community also. Remember, we're an entirely volunteer based community and this only works if everyone contributes! Please consider becoming a trip-coordinator and hosting a trip (even just a simple hiking trip) when signing up for this course! trip- organizer/

Required Items to Bring:
  • Belay device and locking carabiner.
  • Climbing harness.
  • Climbing shoes.
  • Helmet.
  • 2 extendable quickdraws (optional)
  • PAS-style anchor system (optional)
  • PLEASE - No daisy chains!
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):100Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Vancouver Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $25.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Sunday, October 13, 2019). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

- Registration is not complete until you've signed up and, if required, paid in full to the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section, either through PayPal, or sent to the Event Leader.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$60.00/Person
Cost Includes:Course fees.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the ACC VA on Fri, May 3 2019.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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