*Introduction to Rock Climbing I: Anchors and Outdoor Top Roping (OTR)
This is a trip teaching the fundamentals of anchor building for top roping outdoors. The emphasis of this course will be anchor building techniques and safety rather than climbing. Basic gear placement will be taught in addition to the use of natural anchors. This trip is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get started climbing outdoors, novices wishing to polish their skills, and those wishing to try out a lot of different gear. Anyone hoping to take the third part of this sequence will be expected to be familiar with the techniques taught on this trip.
*Introduction to Rock Climbing II: Sport Climbing (SC)
Want an introduction to clipping bolts? This is the trip for you. On a weekend trip to Williamson Rock, we will teach the basics of sport climbing and at the same time climb a lot. Of the three technical climbing trips, this one will involve the most climbing. We will expect the participants to feel confident climbing 5.6. Anyone hoping to take the third part of this sequence will be expected to be familiar with the techniques taught in this class.
*Introduction to Rock Climbing III: Traditional /Alpine Climbing (TAC)
This trip is for strong climbers who wish to learn how to lead trad--non-bolted routes where the climber places his(her) own protection. The emphasis will be on gear placement and anchors rather than climbing. This course is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to move beyond sport and top roping. Participants will practice placing gear on the ground, follow harder climbs, and participate in simulated leads (the climber will be on top rope but will place gear and drag a rope as if he (she) were leading. Afterwards,a guide will examine and and discuss the participants placements.) The number of participants is extremely limited in this course.
*Back Country Travel I: (BCT1)
*Back Country Travel II: Winter Camping--the Baldy Trip (BCT2)
I: This is a back packing trip where the instructor will teach basic to advanced skills from packing a pack to minimum impact camping. II: This is a winter back packing/mountaineering trip where we will spend the night of top of Mount Baldy the highest peak in the immediate vicinity.
*Introduction to Alpinism I: Glacier Travel (GT)
This trip will teach the basics of glacier travel. The emphasis here will be on snow and ice anchors, rope techniques, and crevasse rescue. On the first day we will hike into the back country and learn the necessary skills. On the second day, we will practice a rescues at a crevasse and discuss route finding--how to avoid crevasses.
*Introduction to Alpinism II: Ice Climbing (IC)
This trip will teach basic ice climbing techniques. Both days will be spent at Lee Vining building anchors and top roping. The emphasis will be on teaching safe ice climbing techniques and anchor building. Leading ice will be discussed but all climbing will be on top rope. In addition participants will learn about winter back country travel.
*Back Country Skiing/Avalanche Safety (BCSAS)
Like the rock climbing and alpinism courses, don't expect to ski very much on this trip. Basic techniques for ascending using skins will be taught, but the emphasis here is again on safety. How to use a avalanche transceiver, how to find a buried victim, and how to avoid avalanches by studying snow conditions and careful route finding. Teams of students and instructors will find and dig for simulated victims. (We may offer a quick tele seminar depending on who teaches this course.) You must provide your own skis (AT or Tele ) and skins. (These can be rented.)
This will be a really fun trip and is one of the least technical. The first short day will be spent at Caltech and concern rapelling, anchors, and safety. Participants will rapel from Milikan Library. The second day will be spent in (local) Eton canyon. Canyoneering is like visiting an amazing natural water park. Don't expect to stay dry on this trip!
*Top Rope Trips: (TRT)
Guides set up climbs. Interested participants can watch and participate but there will be no instruction on anchor building.
Intro--Point Dume w/ BBQ
Intro--Stoney w/ Bouldering
*Advanced Trips: (AT)
This is just a ride out to _____ for the weekend, BYOP (bring your own partner.)
*15 Glorious Ways to 14
Hike California's Fourteeners with the Alpine Club.