Women’s Rock 1.1 - Introduction to Rock Climbing
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Women’s RCK 1.1 - Introduction to Rock Climbing Free Training: This is a free training offered to MAA members who have attended an online RCK 1 training, past RCK 1 trainings, or have appropriate rock climbing experience documented on their MAA profile. Completion places the RCK 1 badge on your MAA profile and better qualifies you to attend all club climbs and expeditions that require RCK 1 skills.
RCK 1.1 Introduction to Rock Climbing is our foundational rock climbing training course for beginning climbers. This date will be held in Northern California at Consumnes River Gorge. You will learn safety, gear, knots, fitting, belaying, and scrambling, as well as an introduction to fundamental techniques for crack, face and slab climbing and overarching rock climbing concepts and strategies on introductory top roped climbs. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum: 6. For MAA paid or free members only. Not a member? Join MAA today. Please note you must also join MAA International on Meetup; join MAA International here.
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- HOW TO JOIN THE INTEREST LIST: Please read all the content of this posting, then if you are interested in attending, please sign in and join the interest list on this page, orange box top right. See section below titled "How to Join the Interest List"
- COST: Free.
- WHEN: Friday March 23rd
- WHERE: Consumnes River Gorge in Placerville
- EVENT LEADERS: Nicole Roemer and Natasha Wyatt
- MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: Minimum 3, Maximum 6
- PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the event leader know if you need something. Only full members receive a continuous significant discount on everything at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.
- FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Overall, this event fits best in the “Easy”
- GETTING THERE: We will meet at the Consumnes River Gorge Trailhead at 8am. Directions to trailhead and further event details to follow.
- EMERGENCIES: Marshall Medical Center, 1100 Marshall Way, Placerville, CA 95667, (530) 622-1441
RCK 1.1 Introduction to Rock Climbing is our foundational rock climbing training course for beginning climbers. You will learn safety, gear, knots, fitting, belaying, and scrambling, as well as an introduction to fundamental techniques for crack, face and slab climbing and overarching rock climbing concepts and strategies on introductory top roped climbs. Loaner gear is provided. The training is taught in an open, hands-on format in both large and small groups and includes time for questions and personal attention.
NOTE: Participants attending both RCK 1.1 and RCK 1.2 are welcome to stay over night at event leader’s house minutes from the climbing area. In the evening, we will have knots seminar, cook dinner, and possibly watch a climbing film.
Successful completion better qualifies you to attend club climbing events. This event has limited enrollment and a low student-to-instructor ratio so we can be sure you are learning the key skills and concepts required to safely participate in future club outings, or outings of your own.
Day 1: Friday, March 23rd - RCK 1.1
Day 2: Saturday, March 24th - RCK 1.2
MAA official climbing events are free of charge and open to all who have either a paid or free membership at www.mountainascent.org. To obtain any membership, you must also be a member of the MAA International Meetup group.
After a conservative self-assessment, if you believe you will contribute to the safety and success of this event and would like to be considered, please sign in, then join the interest list on this posting, orange box, top right. For maximum member benefits we invite you to become a Full Member.
HOW SELECTIONS WORK: A few weeks prior to the event, MAA leaders will select team members from the interest list based on relevant experience, skill level, fitness, and teamwork, while keeping an eye toward achieving a balanced mix of individuals. Leaders only consider those who are on the official interest list here at www.mountainascent.org/events. Those that are selected from the official interest list will be notified via email from the MAA International Meetup website and RSVPed to the list there.
Out of courtesy, if you are unable to attend please change your RSVP on MAA International and remove your name from the interest list on the official MAA website at www.mountainascent.org/events.
You can check the status of your attendance on the event posting on MAA International Meetup website, and the available spots on the official posting on this website.
If you experience difficulties or have questions during the registration process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only full members receive a continuous significant discount on everything at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.
- Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
- Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
- Wind and waterproof shell layer
- Light gloves
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
• Maximum 55 liter backpack
• High energy, easily prepared food, snacks and drinks
• Water bottles or container system
• Strong headlamp and extra batteries
• Sunscreen and lip balm
• Small personal first aid kit
• Toiletries, personal items, medications, etc.
• Optional items for consideration: trekking pole(s), camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana
• Approach shoes or hiking boots
• Rock climbing shoes
• Hard shell climbing helmet*
• Mountaineering or rock climbing style harness*
• Two locking carabiners*
• Belay device*
• 48" runner*
*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve (full members only).
For help in selecting the appropriate item, please refer to the MAA Detailed Clothing, Equipment and Gear List
- In order to attend you must have a free or paid MAA membership so that you can place your name on the interest list.
- Event leaders are board-approved volunteers, not certified guides.
- This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.
- Non-commercial wilderness, camping and /or backcountry permits will be acquired within the posted group size limits for this area.
- Any fees that are associated with this event are those that individuals would have incurred had they planned this event themselves, or are legitimate group costs such as permits, lodging and pre-arranged transportation.
- All MAA events practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.
- Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
- The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
- MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
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