Advanced Alpine Rock

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Advanced Alpine Rock

This badge represents successful completion of the Advanced Alpine Rock course.

Description of skills

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in the following skills:

ANCHORS

  • Application of alpine anchors and differences in alpine vs crag anchoring
  • Choosing suitable anchoring sites and assessing risk (rock fall, etc)
  • Properly assessing anchor materials and shortening/lengthening materials efficiently
  • Comparing pros and cons of belay devices/knots, assessing most efficient method
  • Leading in blocks vs. swing leading
  • Optimizing racking style
  • Critical analysis of belay transitions and gear exchange
  • Gear hauling and hauling assist for follower

RAPPEL/DESCENT

  • Analysis of standard alpine rappel rig and extending rappel
  • Rappelling over obstacles and into high winds
  • Leaving gear on rappel
  • Rappelling on damaged rope or on tag line
  • Use of single rope vs. double ropes
  • Use of single rope/tagline vs. double ropes
  • Pros and cons of counterbalance rappel
  • Munter Rappel

ASCENDING ROPE

  • Properly assessing when and how to ascend a rope
  • Comparing merits of various ascent rigs
  • Transfer from rappel to ascent in mid-rappel
  • Passing a knot on ascent
  • Dealing with stuck rope scenarios

MOVING TOGETHER

  • Properly assessing terrain for simulclimbing
  • Methods for setting up and executing a simulclimb
  • Protecting a leader on simulclimb
  • Properly assessing terrain and executing a simulfollow.
  • Improvised aid tactics

SELF RESCUE

  • Backing down on lead with or without a tagline

What does this badge allow me to do?

  • Attend and instruct at Alpine Rock skill sessions
  • Participate in Alpine Rock climbs and field trips
  • With climb leader status, lead Alpine Rock climbs for current students

How do I get the badge

Successfully complete the requirements of the Alpine Rock Course.  This includes:

  • Attend all skill sessions and field trips.
  • Complete 4 Grade III alpine climbs with a significant rock component.
  • Complete 1 Grade IV alpine climb with a significant rock component.
  • Participants have 2 years to complete all requirements.

Equivalency:  We don't offer equivalency at this time.

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