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high school climbing club help

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D. Tomlins · · Tulsa, OK · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 125

So, I am a high school teacher and my school had every teacher create a club based on their hobbies or interests. Needless to say I am now the sponsor of a climbing club. We cant actually go climbing because of liability and time allowed. So I am looking for any recommendations or suggestions on things to do. we have an hour once a week. Also if anyone has a good power point presentation to introduce the sport, that would be super helpful.

Chris C. · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 352

Instruct them to create MP accounts.  Then teach them how to give poorly thought out advice and vehemently argue about tedious matters.  

They'll be 50% there.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
D. Tomlins wrote:

So, I am a high school teacher and my school had every teacher create a club based on their hobbies or interests. Needless to say I am now the sponsor of a climbing club. We cant actually go climbing because of liability and time allowed. So I am looking for any recommendations or suggestions on things to do. we have an hour once a week. Also if anyone has a good power point presentation to introduce the sport, that would be super helpful.

Climbing videos? Training/exercise sessions? Knot tying clinics? How to descend from a sport route anchor? (Build a two bolt anchor with chains on a board; put eye rings on the back side of the board and find a spot to lash it with bungies/webbing/et al.) Get each kid to demo/explain something - could even be a historical event: FA of Everest, FA of PO Wall, big wall bivi, etc.

Don't use a Powerpoint presentation - live demo instead. You could lead a traversing pitch, tying off desks or whatever for pro. 

· · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 0

Setup a slack line.

Tying different knots could works too.

amarius · · Nowhere, OK · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 20
leslie mcg · · Keystone · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 380

Why not start with belaying techniques and knots used in climbing? Maybe some yoga and balance as well. As a HS teacher I think it would be great to also explore team building strategies so they understand how  good climbing partnerships would work.

Bobby Flowers · · Tacoma, Wa · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 20

The Bag game, or any campfire style team building exercises.

Bill Lawry · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 1,696

Use four sessions to cover bouldering, single pitch (sport), multi-pitch (gear), and mountaineering

My sport / gear division is somewhat artificial but progressing in that order may make sense. 

Other sessions could be intermingled as makes sense.

Jeff Luton · · Arcata · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 5

+uno for anchor building, knots! 

Just get em stoked on it

Drill and tap some holes in the walls in your class and ask/beg/buy for some holds and crash pads. Don't make the routes any higher than 6 feet and have traverses all the way around your classroom. 

When young little Jeff here was in elementary school in Virginia, we had a traverse wall in the gym at school but I do remember specifically it was no higher than 6 feet with a red tape going across about 2 feet off the deck. Your feet were not allowed to go higher than that or it was a liability. Now I'm not sure if the liability changes for high school pending the state 


Grant Wilson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2019 · Points: 0
Bob Diehl wrote:
I'm in charge of the climbing oriented PE course in our school. So what do I need to know? We have a local climbing gym nearby, but I'm not sure it's the best solution in our case. I just need to organize everything beforehand and do my assignment for me and my students


Hi Bob,
You may check Everlast Climbing or Eldo school climbing walls. One of my colleagues works as a PE teacher at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School and they have one in their gym.
Here's one of the walls they did for Lakefield College School:
Patrik · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 30

If you happen to be a math or physics teacher (or if you are a buddy of a math/physics teacher and can get him/her involved), you could go through fall factors (and thereby making them see the huge difference between a static line and a dynamic rope), force vectors, fall forces, force multiplication and such. Yeah, I know math/physics is one of the more dry and boring topics for high schoolers, but I also think some students would be enthusiastic about seeing the real life implementation of these dry/boring topics and maybe they would appreciate these topics a little more. Make sure the kids have some fun climbing and building anchors first though. Starting with the dry/boring stuff will probably turn them off.

Matthias Holladay · · Silverton, CO · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 7,145

Show them "Valley Uprising."

Steph Hukk · · Lee Vining, CA · Joined Jul 2019 · Points: 0
D. Tomlins wrote:

So, I am a high school teacher and my school had every teacher create a club based on their hobbies or interests. Needless to say I am now the sponsor of a climbing club. We cant actually go climbing because of liability and time allowed. So I am looking for any recommendations or suggestions on things to do. we have an hour once a week. Also if anyone has a good power point presentation to introduce the sport, that would be super helpful.

This is awesome. Is it possible to get a bouldering wall put up in your gym or fundraise for a moveable rock wall with ropes eventually? You could have class on how to tie different knots, how to build anchors, how to use different belay devices, proper fit of harnesses, differences in climbing shoes, how to clean an anchor, how to make tape gloves, if there's cracks anywhere you could demonstrate hand jamming, finger locks etc. How to flake a rope, backpack a rope. Safety precautions while climbing such as bring a headlamp, proper layers, water and snack ratio per person per route length etc. 

I think you can simulate any of this pretty easily if you could put a couple bolts somewhere. If there's cracks in any of the walls or concrete or even some rocks around the school you could practice cam placements. Proper nutrition, stretching, and strength training with use of a hang board and whatever you have access to at the school. 

Max Newberry · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2018 · Points: 0

My HS climbing club watches movies every other week after school, and goes to the local gym at a cheaper group rate

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

The OP posted the question 2.5 yrs ago and last logged in on Jan 1 2020 - I'm curious as to what he's come up with in that time.

Steph Hukk · · Lee Vining, CA · Joined Jul 2019 · Points: 0
Marc801 C wrote: The OP posted the question 2.5 yrs ago and last logged in on Jan 1 2020 - I'm curious as to what he's come up with in that time.

I wonder why did this resurface?...I'm so jetlagged it didn't even occur to me the date

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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