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 and a half 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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