Leading on Rock: Field Trip 1

Field trip: Crag Climbing

Leading on Rock: Field Trip 1 - Mazama

Learning to lead, build anchors, and be safe at the crag.

  • Sat, Jun 29, 2024 — Sun, Jun 30, 2024
  • Bellingham Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Rock Climb
  • Adults
  • Crag Rock Climb
  • Moderate

We will start at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 29 at the campground in Mazama. More details will be discussed at the lecture prior to this field trip. There will be an option to arrive on Friday. We will be finished on Sunday, June 30, by late afternoon.

Learning the intricacies of lead climbing and climbing at the crag.


  • Climbing commands
  • Clipping bolts
  • Climbing techniques
  • Lead belaying
  • Building and cleaning anchors
  • Falling safely
  • Redirects
  • Ground anchors


  • Green Trails Mazama No. 51

    Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50

    USGS Mazama

    USGS McLeod Mountain

    USGS Robinson Mountain
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Gear each student MUST HAVE for Class - 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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