Sport Climbing FT #1

Field trip: Sport Climbing

Sport Climbing FT #1 - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

A day at the program center to learn and dial in belaying, introduce lead climbing basics, and practice what we've learned. Please read all the info on this page.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

South plaza* at 9am. Instructors please meet at 8:30am.

We'll start the morning with intros, a course overview, and a safety briefing. Please be ready at 9am, but you're welcome to have a cup of coffee and breakfast in your hand :)

The instructors will be there early setting up.

*The South plaza is the blue painted wall with a climbing wall.

We'll spend all day dialing in our basic skills before we move on to the following out side field trips. Here are our objectives for the day:

  1. You demonstrate your safe top rope belay skills
  2. Learn and you demonstrate safe lead belay skills
  3. Introduce the basics of clipping
  4. Introduce the basics of building and cleaning anchors
  5. Practice movement on climbing holds and on rock

We'll try to get through all of them; the most important thing to dial at the Program Center are the belay skills. If we have to, we'll focus on those.

Plan to be outside at the program center all day. We may go inside for some belay practice. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch.

Here is a link to the Field Trip #1 outline.


Instructors: please read the instructor (and student) expectations on the parent course page.


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay device, locking carabiner
  • Climbing shoes, if you have them (otherwise any non-marking shoes will do fine)
  • Lunch, water bottle, and snacks

Please contact the course leaders for advice if you need to buy something for this field trip!

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