Moving Efficiently and Safely in 3rd and 4th Class Terrain


Moving Efficiently and Safely in 3rd and 4th Class Terrain - Online Classroom

A discussion-based class for intermediate climbers with a focus on tools and techniques used to move efficiently and safely in scramble terrain when pursuing larger 5th class objectives.

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  • Mon, May 25, 2020
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • Moderate

7:00pm -9:00pm via Zoom- please register to receive the Zoom link. 

Many large alpine climbing objectives often have significant travel in 3rd or 4th class terrain. This type of travel generally requires being careful, having good footing and can significantly add time to your ascent or descent if you aren't prepared. This type of terrain is also a place for serious accidents to happen that can be more serious just due to a simple slip. However, pulling out a rope can take time and often can add other layers of hazard. 

During this discussion-based course leaders will discuss techniques that have worked well for them in the past and then there will be small group discussions and debriefs around a few scenarios which will allow course leaders and participants to share their personal experiences and learn from eachother how to handle more complex terrain.  It will focus on rock but there will be a small amount of discussion related to steep snow slopes.

This course is intended for Mountaineers climb leaders, multi-year intermediate climbing students or for members of the general public that been climbing technical objectives for a few years but want to learn more and make sure they are feeling prepared for climbing season. Unlike Brian Booth's rope techniques for scrambles this seminar is focused on participants who have climbing skills, knowledge of anchors and gear and are traveling through terrain that varies between 3rd, 4th and 5th class.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Your computer

This course utilizes breakout rooms in Zoom which mean that participants will need to download the application on their computer or participate via their mobile app. The breakout rooms do not work if you are only in the "browser view" version of zoom. 

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