Following Alpine Rock - Workshop - Core Instructional Content - Mount Erie

Field trip: Following Alpine Rock

Following Alpine Rock - Workshop - Core Instructional Content - Mount Erie

This field trip is a full day practicing the skills learned in the workshops, specifically following a trad leader at Summit Wall.

  • Sun, May 5, 2024
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Rock Climb
  • Adults
  • Easy

Carpooling is strongly encouraged. 

It's about an hour drive from Seattle to Mt Erie

Our trailhead is the parking lot at the very top of Mt Erie, at the end of the narrow "Erie Mountain Drive". 

Instructors:  please meet at the trailhead at 7:00am on Saturday.  We've got some setup to do ahead of time. Instructors need to be able to block lead trad and set-up anchors.
Students:  please meet at the trailhead at 7:50am on Saturday, so that we can be packs-on and walk over to the wall together at 8:00am.

Climb outside on real rock, and make use of as many skills as possible from previous workshops.

Each student needs to:

  • [Three]  Climb at least 3 routes on top-rope  (following a trad counts for these too)
  • [Two]  Rappel at least 2 times (one as an  extended rappel, the other as a 3-locker rappel as if you had dropped your belay device.  Also, instructors: quiz students on "Rob's Rules of Rappelling")
  • [One]  Follow at least 1 pitch of trad, where you get to clean trad gear while actually climbing.


Mount Erie

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • All the usual rock climbing gear from the course gear list.  (i.e. helmet, harness, all the usual things on your harness, especially your nut tool!)
  • All the things typical for a day outside (10 essentials, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Any footwear is fine for the walk in.  It's a little scrambly, like briefly class 2, but sneakers are fine if you want.
  • Rock shoes for the climbing
  • Pack a lunch
  • Water: at least 2 -3 liters, you might want some of this to be in the form of a warm drink
  • Layers-we'll be on the south facing walls, bring sun protection and wind/warm layers
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