Trip Report: Rock Climb - 101 Clinic - Learn to Climb

Rock Climb - 101 Clinic - Learn to Climb
By Kathleen Waller
CLIMBING 06/03/2017 NTD

Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th

Organized by Kathleen Waller
Trip Report and Photos by Kathleen Waller

Organizer: Kathleen Waller.
Volunteers: Steve Duncan, Paul Gettings, Greg Baldacci, Mark Karpinski, Jane Bowman, Travis Gibson, Kit Spicer.
Participants: Ying Lee, Tiffany Rees, Bob Wynalek, Heidi Demartis, Wilmer Sandoval, Marcia Hansen, Frank Ryburn, Roxana Orellana, Alan Alcox, Natasha, Debra Alcox, Julia Alcox, Eric Alcox, Naval Apolin, Andrew Henkels

The 101 Learn to Climb Clinic is a beginner workshop on the fundamentals of rock climbing plus equipment use and selection. This workshop is for participants who have always wanted to experience climbing, are rusty and just want a refresher, or want to improve their fundamental skills. This workshop is also a great opportunity to meet and learn with other interested beginner climbers. We covered gear (shoes, harness, helmet, belay device) and techniques including proper belay, top roping, and climbing with a focus on communication and safety. Thanks to the donations of the participants, we raised $155.00 toward purchasing new and replacement climbing ropes and gear for the Wasatch Mountain Club.

This year's 101 Learn to Climb Clinic took place at Geezer Wall in Big Cottonwood Canyon, a wall with easy-moderate routes. Top ropes were set up one four sport bolted routes; Whipper Snapper (5.5), Sweet Louise (5.5), Lower Dentures (5.6), and Golden Years (5.5). The main slab of Geezer Wall is located halfway between the start of Steort's Ridge and Glass Ocean. The top of Geezer Wall provides beautiful views of Storm Mountain Picnic Area and climbers on Steort's Ridge (a classic multi-pitch traditional route). Getting there requires a 15-20 minute approach and some scrambling over class 3 talus and boulders. During the workshop, Geezer Wall remained in the shade until about noon. Wind carries up the canyon and up the gulley where Geezer Wall is located keeping us relatively cool and the afternoon sun began to shine on our backs.

Hopefully participants will now be able to attend weekly club climbs where they can continue to practice skills related to top rope climbing and top rope belaying. Weekly evening club climbs are also a great opportunity to meet many of climbers. And many other clinics follow in the series for climbers to advance their skills.
- Clinic 143: Learn how to set up a 2-bolt top rope anchor, clean a fixed anchor, and rappel.
- Clinic 201: Learn how to lead on a bolted sport route and how to belay a lead climber.
- Clinic 458 (Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4): Learn high-angle self rescue.

Thank you all the volunteers. Volunteers hiked up to the crag early in the day to set up top ropes. The volunteers guided the participants through proper climbing and belay techniques. And the volunteers cleaned all the routes.

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