RCK 1.1 - Introduction to Rock Climbing Free Training, 6/30

Jun
30
2018

Join us for this free on-site training providing introductory skills, know-how and technique for outdoor rock climbing. Completion places the RCK 1 badge on your MAA profile and better qualifies you to attend any MAA climbs, events and expeditions that require RCK 1.1 proficiency. Join or upgrade your MAA membership today.

RCK 1.1 Introduction to Rock Climbing is the first part of the RCK 1 free on-site field training courses consisting of beginning level instruction and practice. Preference is given to MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed prior level on-site training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.  Loaner gear is provided for paid members on these and all official events. For MAA members only. Not a member? Join MAA today. Please note you must also join MAA International on Meetup; join MAA International here

Looking for local events? Find your local MAA Section on Meetup here

RCK 1.1 will help you prepare for MAA events like these

 

 


 

 

DETAILS

Free on-site training: RCK 1.1 is a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice to help prepare you for success as a beginning level rock climber. We'll cover the following at RCK 1.1:

  • Safety considerations

  • Commands

  • Knots, tying in

  • Using and fitting climbing gear

  • Belaying methods and technique

  • Easy scrambling practice

  • Spotting

  • Foundational footwork, handholds and body position

  • Lowering

  • Slab climbing, crack climbing and face climbing technique and practice.

 


 

  • 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"

  • WHEN: June 30th, 2018

  • COST: Free, for MAA members only.  Join or upgrade your MAA membership

  • MAXIMUM: 8 participants

  • DURATION: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • WHERE: Lover's Leap near Strawberry, CA

  • RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level on-site training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile. Not a Full Member? Join MAA here.

  • INSTRUCTOR: John Vanek

  • WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

  • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. Only full members receive a significant continuous 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.

  • MAA TRAINING COURSES OVERVIEW

  • RCK 1 COURSE CURRICULUM

  • EMERGENCIES: Sutter Auburn Faith, 530-888-4500 

 

 


 

 

HOW TO JOIN THE INTEREST LIST

MAA official training 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 this training event is appropriate for your skill level 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 RSVP 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 connect@mountainascent.org.

 

 


 

 

REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR

Only full members receive a significant continuous 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.

 

CLOTHING

  • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

  • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

  • Socks

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat or covering

 

EQUIPMENT

  • High energy food, snacks and drinks

  • Water bottles or container system

  • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

  • Sunscreen

  • Small personal first aid kit

  • Optional items for consideration: trekking poles, camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

 

CLIMBING GEAR

  • Approach shoes or hiking boots

  • Rock shoes*

  • Harness*

  • Climbing helmet*

  • 2 locking carabiners*

  • 48” sling or personal anchor system

  • Belay device*

*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

 

 


 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • 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.

 

 


 

 

Recommended Guide Services

We have worked with and recommend the following certified guide services:

Sierra Mountain Guides - http://www.sierramtnguides.com

Alpine Skills International - http://www.alpineskills.com

American Alpine Institute - http://www.alpineinstitute.com

 

 


 

 

For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.