Top-Managed Climbing Sites

Top managed cliffs and gorges: Lowering, belaying and assistance/rescue
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  • Mon, Jan 14, 2019 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Tacoma Program Center
    2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403
  • Gregg Gagliardi
  • Tacoma Climbing Subcommittee - Advancing Alpinism
  • Tacoma
  • vCal / iCal

The starting point for some rock and ice climbs is the top of the climb, not the base. This is true for some waterside cliffs, ice gorges (e.g. Ouray Ice Park), practice climbs out of crevasses and occasionally other crags.


In this short clinic I will present methods for lowering a climber down the cliff to the start of the climb, belaying the climber back up and assisting/rescuing the climber if needed.


Pre-requisites: Completion of a Mountaineers basic climbing course, sport climbing course or enrollment in a Mountaineers intermediate climbing course.


Note: Registration priority is given to qualifying Tacoma Mountaineers who are attending the 2019 Ouray Ice Climbing Festival. Enrollment is limited to 10 persons.


Time and place: Tacoma Program Center, upstairs classroom, Monday January 14, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Cost = $15


Required gear:



Autolocking belay device (BD ATC Guide recommended).

Autoblock and biner

Large locker for belay device

Locker biner for personal tie in

Two smaller lockers

Double length runner

Several snapgate carabiners


Second autoblock, prussik or other rope grab


2 lockers



Short practice rope (ca. 30-50 ft; or a 30 meter glacier rope).