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Name: Building Gear Anchors Course *UPDATED*
Starts: Fri Jul 24, 2015
Meetup: Evening session TBD; Sat: St David's @ 7am
Return: Sat Jul 25, 2015

Registration opens: Wed Jul 15, 2015
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: A5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 10

Organizer: Winifred Swatschek
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

What is your climbing skill level (indoors/outdoors)?

What is your lead experience for sport (indoors/outdoors) and trad?

Can you build an anchor on a bolted station?

Have you built a gear anchor before?

Can you rappel?

Will you bring a rope, anchor material, and/or lead gear?

Can you drive or will you require a ride to/from Squamish?

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Participant Information

General Info:  This instructional course is for club members who want to learn how to build SERENE gear anchors for either single pitch and multi-pitch "Trad" climbing routes, i.e. where bolted stations are not available.  And while there are lots "Trad" routes in Squamish have bolted stations at the top of the pitch(es), there are lots that do not... so building an proper gear anchor is the only option. 

Evening Session:  *UPDATED* we'll meet Friday July 24th, 6pm to 8pm at BCIT John Hendry Park, to review basic knots, discuss materials used for building anchors, and introduce important considerations.  This will allow us to focus on the practical during Saturday, when you can expect a full day of learning by observing and practising. 

Field Day:  On Saturday, we'll meet at 7:00 am at the St. David's Church parking lot located at Hwy 1 and Taylor Way, in West Vancouver. If you need a ride to the church, please post a request in this trip's planning forum.  Expect a full day of learning.  We'll aim to arrive back in West Vancouver by 7:00 pm.

Requirements:  Basic knowledge of common "Trad" gear and how to place it correctly while lead climbing.  Naturally we expect everyone to have good top-rope belaying and lead-belaying skills.  Contact me (Paul O) if you're unsure what that means.  We're also expecting you to have some lead-climbing experience, including basic skills for setting up safe top-rope anchor at bolted stations.

Gear: In addition to harness, belay device with locking carabiner, helmet (no helmet, no climbing), and climbing shoes, participants are expected to provide their own ropes, anchoring material, and basic trad gear (e.g. several cams, set of nuts and a nut tool).  You will also need a prussic for rappelling and a PAS (personal anchor system) for securing yourself to the anchors.  If you do not have a specialized PAS then a sewn 120cm nylon climbing sling can be used.

Participants will be working in groups of two and three so gear sharing amongst the group is possible.

Bring plenty of water and energy snacks.

If you must drop out after being confirmed to the course, a text message or phone call from you is mandatory (a drop out email or removing yourself from the trip on the BCMC website is not sufficient).
Minimum Participants:  8  (2 teaching and 6 learning)

Course Fee:  $20 CAD.
Please note that the course organizers are volunteers. Your course fee is paid directly to the BCMC.  If the organizers cancel the course then anyone that has paid the course fee will receive a full refund.

Registration process:
1) after you've register online your name will automatically be added to the "Request List" while the organizer reviews your registration information,
2) after the organizer approves your request, your name will be placed in the "Waiting List", which will give you access to the "Pay Now" (PayPal) button to pay online,
3) after payment has been confirmed by PayPal, your name will be moved to the "Confirmed List" and a confirmation email will be sent to you. 
Notes about the "Confirmed List":
 1) ordering will be based on when course fee payments were received.
 2) group total, including organizers, is limited by "Max participants:".

Payment options:
1) online PayPal / Credit Card payment through the BCMC website is preferred,
2) the alternate method is send a cheque payable to the B.C. Mountaineering Club and mailed to PO Box 2674, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W8.  Allow time for delivery since payment will not be considered "received" until the cheque has been deposited into the BCMC bank account.  Contact the organizer to request a space on the "Confirmed List" be held for you.
NOTE: cancellation fees may apply if a "Confirmed" participant withdraws from the course and requests a refund.  For more information, please review the BCMC Course Refund Policy.

Emergency Info:  please make sure your Emergency Contact info has been added to your web-account profile.  You can do this by logging into the bcmc.ca website, then click on: My Account > Edit Profile Information > Private Info and add your Emergency Name and Phone Number info.  Please reenter your password to complete the process.  Your emergency contact info is stored *privately* and only made available to those organizing trips *you* choose to attend.

Medical issues:  if there are any current medical issues that should be shared with the Trip Organizer(s), please send me an email message and/or phone me ASAP to let me know.  For example, if you are very allergic to bee/wasp bites, or you are taking medication that could be vital information to First Aid Responders.  Anything you choose to share with me will remain private.

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