The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Course: Introduction to Trad Climbing - Sat, May 11 2019, Sun, May 12 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 11 2019, Sun, May 12 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): Martin Siegert
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Member Cost:$70.00/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 2-day course introduces participants to lead climbing using gear for protection. The emphasis of the weekend is on placing gear (camming devices, nuts, etc.) and evaluating placements.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice gear placements on mock leads as well as have their placements evaluated by the instructors and other members of the group.

  • Practice and evaluate gear placements.
  • Racks and racking.
  • Clipping techniques.
  • Avoiding rope drag.
  • Impact forces and fall factors.
  • Gear anchors.
  • Mock leads and (if progress permits) real leads.

  • Prerequisites:
    • Top-rope climbing experience: belaying and anchor building.
    • Minimum required climbing skills: 5.9 (5.10a indoors); of particular importance are crack climbing skills.
    • Rappelling experience.
    • Knots: Clove hitch, Munter hitch, Figure 8, Prussik, etc.

    In addition to signing up via the calendar, you must also fill out this Course Application Form to participate in this course. (the link will open in a new tab or window).

    Applicants who sign up for this course will be reviewed prior to acceptance into the course.

    Please also download and read the course handout ahead of time.

    Selection Criteria:
    All applicants must fulfill the course prerequisites.
    If within the first week after the event was posted to the calendar more than 8 qualified members sign up for the event, applicants are selected by the number of events of the ACC Vancouver Section they have attended in the past.
    Otherwise selection is by order of signup.

    Required Items to Bring:
    • Belay device.
    • Climbing harness.
    • Climbing shoes.
    • Helmet.
    • At least one pear-shaped locking carabiner.
    • Personal prusik (7mm, 1.5m long for rappelling)
    • One 120cm sling (double length sling).
    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):110Km
    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 $27.50 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Sunday, November 17, 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:$70.00/Person
    Cost Includes: DO NOT PAY until you have been notified of your acceptance into the course.
    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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