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Trip Information
Name: Basic Outdoor Top-Roping
Starts: Sun May 25, 2014
Meetup: Will be announced by April 28th
Return: Sun May 25, 2014

Registration opens: Sat May 31, 2014
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 13

Organizer: Paul Miller
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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

Registration for this course is now closed.

Basic Outdoor Top-Roping is a full-day "hands on" course scheduled for Sunday (May 25), and includes a Wednesday (May 21) preparation meeting to review knots and discuss safety issues.  The "prep" meeting will begin at 7:00pm at the south end of John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park... please bring 1.5m & 5m of 7mm static cord.  Though no experience is necessary, the course content will be geared for those who may have done some indoor gym climbing and want to try outdoor rock climbing.  Note, successful completion of this course can be used as a prerequisite for the BCMC Essential Rock Climbing course offered later on in June and those completing the Basic course will be given first refusal in taking part on the Essentials course (if they choose to).

Course Topics
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.

Required Equipment:
• climber's harness & rock shoes and a helmet (climber's strongly preferred, but a good cycling helmet will suffice),
• a belay device plus one large pear/Münter-biner (no figure 8s for belaying please), 
• two locking carabiners (Ds or ovals),
The course organizers or the BCMC will provide other required equipment. On the course's full-day outing, you will need to bring lunch, water, suitable clothing and sunscreen.

Instructors and Assistants:
The course volunteer instructors will be two veteran BCMC members: Kit Griffin and Paul Miller; both of whom have taught this course many times in the past.  In addition, one or two BCMC members who have completed an Essential Rock Climbing course may be invited to assist (if interested in volunteering, please contact either Kit or Paul).  

Participant Payments:
There is a participant fee of $50 for this course.  In addition to the instructors and their assistants, a maximum of 10 course-participants will be *confirmed* to attend.  Upon registering for the course, members will be placed on the Request List until their response to screening questions have been reviewed by Paul Miller (this may take a day or two).  After the review, a course organizer will decide whether to move the member's name to the Waiting List, at which point an email notification will be sent.  Only while on the Waiting List should payment be made... either send a cheque by postal mail or use the "Pay Now" button to pay online.  Please note that a place on the Waiting List does not guarantee participation in the course.  After payment has been received, and in the order it was received, the participant's name will be moved to the Confirmed List and an email notification sent out.  Once the Confirmed List is full, no more payments will be accepted.  If you plan to pay by personal cheque (made out to B.C. Mountaineering Club), please contact the BCMC Programs Chairperson to let them know of your intention.

Waiver/Medical Forms:
The course waiver and medical form (see file downloads) need to be printed out, filled in by the participant and handed to Paul Miller *before* the course begins.  Failure to submit the forms will be considered as a decision by the participant to cancel their enrollment in the course.

Schedule Changes and Cancellations:
This course is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in case of suspected poor weather.  Please leave both Saturday and Sunday open for the first weekend in May to allow some flexibility in scheduling.  If the course is rescheduled to another weekend that does not fit into your personal schedule then a full refund will be issued.  IMPORTANT: cancellation fees may apply in case of a cancellation by a participant; please review the BCMC Course Refund Policy for detailed information.

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