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Name: Basic Outdoor Top-Roping *FULL*
Starts: Sat May 04, 2013
Meetup: TBD
Return: Sat May 04, 2013

Registration opens: Mon Mar 25, 2013
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 12

Organizer: Kit Griffin
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Trip Planning Questions

Do you have any top-rope climbing experience... either indoors or outdoors?

If you have some experience, when was the last time you were top-roping?

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Participant Information

Basic Outdoor Top-Roping is a one-day course with Thursday evening (May 2) "prep" meeting at John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park beforehand.

The course content will be geared for those who may have done some indoor gym climbing and want to try outdoor rock climbing.  Note, this course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for BCMC Essential Rock Climbing course offered later in the same month.

This course is being organized by two veteran BCMC members, Kit Griffin and Paul Miller.  One or two students from previous Essential Rock Climbing courses are welcome to help the organizers... please contact either Kit or Paul if you're available. Paul Olynek and Waldemar Jonsson have offered to help the course organizers.

There will be a $50 per member fee for this course. Payment can be made either 1) by personal cheque (made out and mailed to the B.C. Mountaineering Club), or 2) online through PayPal™ via a button that will soon be added to this page.  Besides the organizers  a maximum of 8 course-participants will be *confirmed* to attend and may not be chosen based solely on the order they registered.  Please note: if you plan to pay by cheque you need to contact Kit Griffin to let him know and your payment must be received before the course starts.

NOTE: A waiver and payment need to be received before the course starts. 

The course topics will include:
Safety, basic equipment, basic climbing skills and techniques, the elements of top-roping (tying in, belaying, lowering, ground anchors, rope management, climber's knots and so on). The program will not cover setting up top-rope anchors, rappelling, or belaying from above. Our focus will be technique on rock and the challenge it presents.

To participate, you must bring:
• climber's harness & rock shoes and a helmet (climber's preferred, cycling helmet will suffice).
• a belay device with plus one large pear/Münter-biner (no figure 8s for belaying please),
• two locking carabiners (Ds or ovals),
• Program mentors or the BCMC will provide other needed equipment.
• On the training day, you will need to bring lunch, water, suitable clothing and sunscreen.

Note about weather:
This course is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled to Sunday May 5th in case of bad weather on the 4th.  Please leave both days 'open' in your personal schedule.

Note about payment:
After a trip organizer places you on the Waiting List, you may send a cheque or pay online through PayPal™.  After your payment has been received, you will be placed on the Confirmed List. Initially only the first 8 to register will be placed on the Waiting List.  As of April 15th, if there are *less* than 8 confirmed (paid) course participants then those on the Request List will be moved to the Waiting List and thereby given the opportunity become a confirmed (paid) participant.

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Kit Griffin Grade: B5 Start: Sat 25 May '13
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M:0, C:0, W:0
Kit Griffin Grade: A5 Start: Sat 13 Jun '09
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