Crag Course Lecture

Lecture: Crag Climbing

Crag Course Lecture - Bellingham YMCA

Learning to lead single-pitch sport climbs, build sport anchors and be safe at the crag.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate

Actual meeting place TBD. It will NOT be at the YMCA, but this is a good placeholder.

We will plan to begin at 7:00 PM and be finished before 9:00 PM.

I will contact all participants closer to the actual date to further organize meeting time and place.

Our main topic will be sport climbing gear. Everyone should bring the gear they have, including harness, personal anchor, rock shoes, helmet, belay gloves, tube-style belay device such as ATC, assisted breaking device such as a GriGri (if you have one), locking carabiners, non-locking carabiners, slings. You may also bring any other gear you have that pertains to sport climbing, but please do NOT feel compelled to buy gear before this meeting.  Please bring your questions about gear, too. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Gear each student MUST HAVE for the upcoming field trip - climbing ropes will be available for the class:

  1. Helmet, harness, rock shoes
  2. 1 personal anchoring device with a locking carabiner
  3. Auto blocking belay device with locking belay carabiner
  4. 8 quick draws
  5. 3 locking carabiners in addition to the others already mentioned (standard sized)
  6. Small water hydration pack with water pouch and enough room for food and warm layers.
  7. 20' Cordalette.  This can be made out of 20' of 7 mm Nylon Cord
  8. First aid kit

 Gear will be discussed at first class. Bring what you have but do not purchase new before class

For your own climbing after class you will need the gear mentioned above, plus:

  1. A rope
  2. Possibly more quick draws depending on what and where you want to climb
  3. Maybe a second cordalette and a few more locking carabiners if you are going to be at a crag with multiple people, setting up multiple ropes for climbing

Optional Gear you will want to consider:

  1. If you have a rope that you like to climb on you are welcome to bring it
  2. Comfortable shoes for walking around the crag
  3. Sandals or something easy to get on between climbs
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