Evening Friction Climbing Clinic for Basics


Evening Friction Climbing Clinic for Basics - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Fundamentals for friction (a/k/a) slab climbing. Open to all but intended primarily for basic and scramble students.

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  • Thu, Aug 31, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Basement of the Seattle PC, 7:00 pm

NOTE TO INTENSE BASIC STUDENTS:  This will be  exactly the same as what you did at your field trip friction station.  OK if you want to repeat, but that is what it will be.

Friction is the technique of climbing steep slabs where there are no obvious hand or foot holds.  Strength means nothing ; it's all about balance and careful, precise body movement.  It is good to learn friction technique early in your climbing career.  All climbing, except for some extreme moves, should be about foot placement and deliberate movement of body weight  over the feet.  Friction slabs force you to develop precise body movement because there ARE no handholds with which to "cheat".   You will learn slow motion dance on rock.

Evening seminar held at the basement slabs, Seattle Program Center, 7:00 - 8:30.  Limit of six students per session gives time for individual attention.


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Helmet, clothing that allows free movement, mountain boots.  Rock shoes optional.

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