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Northeast Climber’s Clinic
Submitted By: Ladd on May 15, 2013

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Scheduled on Jun 8, 2013

Northeast Climber’s Clinic

A Community Climbing Safety Clinic

June 8, 2013


Evolution Rock Gym

10 Langdon Ave, Concord, NH

Mission Statement:

Bring safety awareness to our climbing community

Purpose and Goals:

A Climber’s Guide to Death-Defying Acts is an effort to bring our community together to spread awareness of safety issues related to climbing. There will be seminar segments followed by interactive exercises. These will be presented by leaders in the industry and experienced guides. We will reach out to local gyms, climbing clubs and individuals in the northeast in order to educate both new and experienced climbers. Through this clinic we hope to be able to reduce future climbing accidents.
To attract participants we will utilize vendors, pro climbers and trained guides. We are asking guides and vendors to volunteer their time as a way of giving back to their community. By bringing the industry together with local climbers we hope individuals will obtain a better understanding of safety practices in climbing.


Jed Piatt – Administrator Volunteer
Nadya Vorotnikova – Curriculum oversight and belay/lead clinic
Jessalyn Hobson- Advertising Volunteer
Nick Michaud – Vendor Management Volunteer
Hilary Sherman- Volunteer
Guest Speakers Sterling (rope/slings/draws) Ian Wauchope from Petzl (Harness/draws/grigri) Mike Veazey from MetroRock (bolts/anchors/hardware) Art Mooney from Mooney Mountain Guides (lead and belay technique)

Outline of Events

4:00-4:15 Introduction to event and overview of agenda
4:15-4:45 Ropes & slings use and wear- Guest Speaker
  • Different type of ropes/safety issues associated
  • Diameter
  • How to store rope/lengthen the “life expectancy”
  • Nylon on fixed draws
  • Things to watch out for with rope pertaining to lead climbing
  • Wear and tear signs
  • Physical examples of wear and tear on slings and rope

4:45-5:15 Harness, draws & grgri - Ian Wauchope from Petzl
  • Common safety mistakes pertaining to harnesses, draws, and belay devices
  • Correct use of the grigri while lead belaying
  • Safety regarding quick-draws, especially fixed draws
  • Deeply grooved carabiners
  • Dog bones
  • Show physical example
  • Pros & cons of different types of draws
  • Wear and tear signs

5:15-5:45 Bolts, anchors & hardware - Mike Veazey from MetroRock
  • Fixed Anchors and bolts
  • Top anchors
  • Top rope anchor building on fixed protection in regards to “sport” climbing

6:00-6:45 Lead and belay technique - Art Mooney from Mooney Mountain Guides
  • Correct lead belaying technique with gri-gri
  • Confident in clipping technique
  • Be aware of the common mistakes while lead climbing
  • Commands
  • Soft catch and climber placement

6:45-9:00 Interactive lead & belay clinic - Nadya Vorotnikova from Evolution Rock & Fitness
  • Belay & lead technique

8:00-10:00 Social meet and greet
  • Chat with the pros
  • Visit vendor booths Food and drink

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