Intermediate Rock 2 Field Trip - RETIRED

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Intermediate Rock 2 Field Trip - RETIRED - Intermediate Rock 2 Field Trip (Leavenworth)

Intermediate Rock 2 Field Trip (Leavenworth)

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  • Sat, May 10, 2014
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Leader:                     Matt Palubinskas,, cell: 802.598.9484                                


Location:                  Leavenworth, WA (Midway & Saber on Castle Rock in Tumwater Canyon, R&D and Chicken Gully on Icicle Buttress, and Tree Route on 8-mile Buttress, Ground Hog Day in Tumwater Canyon.)


Equipment:             Bring all gear as listed for Intermediate Rock 1 FT (harness, helmet, alpine slings with                                                                    carabiners, nuts & hexes, cams, lockers, cordelettes, etc.).  Bring your own rope.  (If you do                                                    not own a 60 m climbing rope, I can provide you with a club rope, however club ropes are                                           thick & heavy. You must let me know by Friday at 8:00 am if you want a club rope.)



7:30 am                    Sign in with Matt Palubinskas at Snow Creek Trailhead Parking lot (Northwest Forest Pass required) in Icicle Canyon in Leavenworth, WA.


7:45 am                    Disperse to assigned climbing areas for the day (see below). Groups of 1-2 students and one instructor will be assigned to various areas in the Leavenworth vicinity to climb short, established 5th class multi-pitch routes. This field trip is a one-day practice/assessment offered for the student. Each student is expected to alternate leads on the climbs. The techniques to be used are those taught at Intermediate Rock 1 and include setting anchors, rope management, hardware management, belaying, leading, and placing protection.


8 am – 5pm             Safely climb as many rock pitches as possible.  Sign out with instructor(s) when you have completed the requirements of Rock 2.



  1. Safety: Safety of yourself, your partners and people around/below you, this includes no dropping pro, or launching loose rocks.
  2. Demonstrate efficient lead climbing with safe pro placements and anchors.
  3. Demonstrate efficiency at swinging leads, switching gear and rope management.



  • Be safe. Have an enjoyable and rewarding day.
  • We will use radio channel 7-7 for the entire day.
  • Leading full-length 5th class pitches requires commitment and thorough preparation, both physical and mental. Be sure that you have practiced the principles and techniques covered and practiced at Rock 1. If you felt unsure or insecure at Rock 1, take the initiative to improve your climbing techniques before Rock 2. This means get out and practice!  Although efforts will be made to assign each of you to routes that are compatible with your demonstrated ability at Rock 1, you must be the ultimate judge of what you are able to climb. Be committed, do your best, but back off if you feel the situation is beyond your ability. Above all, strive to stay relaxed, maintain physical and mental control, and remember that you are here to learn by doing and to have fun.
  • Successful completion of this field trip is required to lead ropes on Basic Rock climbs and to participate in Intermediate Rock climbs.


                  1. Call 911 for emergency response.

                  2. Notify Field Trip Leader (Radio channel 7-7 and/or Matt’s cell phone: 802.598.9484).

                  3. Lead Instructor(s) will assess problem and send for Field Trip leader if necessary.

                  4. Nearest hospital: Cascade Medical Center at 817 Commercial Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826                                            (Emergency ward phone #509.548.5815) 

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