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Technical Trips

The Technical Trips sponsored by the Technical Climbing School incude the following:

Toprope Sport Climb

The Toprope Sport Climb is a climb that takes place at a sport crag that has bolts installed for toproping. The Sport leader should have a co-leader that has taken the Sport class. The Sport leader (or trip member) leads from the ground up and rigs the toprope anchor during the climb. The Sport leader does not gain access to the anchor from above; strictly from the ground up. The Sport leader will generally lead the climb. If any trip members wish to lead, the Sport leader will verify that the trip member has taken the Sport class or equivalent and be belayed by someone who has taken the Sport class or equivalent. The Sport leader can handle 4-6 students, depending on how spread out the ropes are. With a co-leader, the Sport leader can handle 10-12 students.

Toprope Rock Climb

The Toprope Rock Climb is a climb that takes place at a crag that might or might not have bolts installed for toproping. The Toprope leader will generally gain access to the top of the climb from above. And then either rig an anchor on existing bolts or build an anchor. The Toprope leader can handle 4-6 students, depending on how spread out the ropes are. With a co-leader, the Toprope leader can handle 10-12 students.

Multi-pitch Rock Climb

A Multi-pitch Rock Climb is a climb that takes place at a crag that might have no anchors. The Multi-pitch leader leads from the ground up, placing protection on lead, and belays up the second(s). The second must have taken Rock Seconding School or equivalent. At the end of the climb the Mult-pitch leader usually uses existing rappel anchors or builds rappel anchors.

Couloir Climb

A Couloir climb is a climb that takes place in a snow gully. Ice Axes and Crampons are usually required. Roped team travel is also a possibility. Technical rock skills might also be required.

Toprope Ice Climb

A Toprope Ice climb is a climb that takes place at a water-ice crag that has anchors accessible from the top. Some ice crags do not have that access. The Toprope Ice Leader must satisfy the requirements for a Multi-pitch Ice Leader before attempting an ice climb without anchors accessible from the top.

Multi-pitch Ice Climb

A Multi-pitch Ice climb is a climb that takes place at a water-ice crag that allows the climbers to ascend more than half a rope length. The leader must be prepared to build ice screw anchors and v-thread anchors.

Alpine Climb

A Technical Alpine Climb is a climb that might present the possibility of technical challenges. That is, the climbers might need to employ good ice axe and crampon technique. Climbers might need to travel in roped teams. Climbers might need to use rock protection.