Introduction to Leading on Bolted Routes Field Trip

Field trip: Introduction to Leading Bolted Routes - Olympia Course

Introduction to Leading on Bolted Routes Field Trip - Vantage/The Feathers

The first outdoor field trip for the course.

  • Sat, Sep 21, 2024 — Sun, Sep 22, 2024
  • Olympia Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Rock Climb
  • Adults
  • Crag Rock Climb
  • Moderate

8:00 am Saturday morning on the north side of the Feathers. Camping there on Friday night is optional. There is dispersed camping on site or there are several local campgrounds. Plan to camp on site or nearby on Saturday. 

We will start by practicing skills on the ground, including reviewing lead and top rope belaying, clipping technique, and stance, then practice anchor building and cleaning. Then we will move to easy routes where we students can lead and clean with an instruction present at the top. Students will then mock lead, and when they are ready, lead low to moderate grade sport routes. 


Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Belay device (Gri Gri 2, Gri Gri Plus, Mega Jul, ATC Guide, or ATC); watch the videos produced by the manufacturers for proper use.
  • Harness with belay loop and gear loops
  • Helmet
  • Personal Anchor (Metolius PAS is a good one; there are others, learn how to use them properly)
  • Rock Shoes
  • Chalk bag
  • Autoblock (hollow block or prusik cord)
  • 8 locking carabiners (6 low profile and 2 large pear shaped preferred AKA HMS)
  • 20 ft. of 7mm accessory cord
  • (optional) 60 meter single dynamic rope
  • (optional) quick draws
  • (optional) rope bag

  • 10 essentials
  • Warm layers, as we will be standing around a lot
  • Overnight camping gear (you can camp in your car or pitch a tent)
  • Discover Pass for each car
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