Introduction to Alpine Efficiency (Rock) with Cyril Shokoples - Saturday, Jul 15, 2017

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: Banff National Park 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 07:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 11:59 PM  
Event Duration: 2 days 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):    

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


This is a very different course in that the focus is on "efficient" motion on varied terrain. It is not at all about doing hard rock climbing. Many good climbers seem to spend too much time on easy routes, not because of inability but because of inefficiency. We will spend time short-roping and learning to use terrain for belays plus setting up quick, simple, safe anchors. We will examine the gear used on alpine routes and see how our selection can be improved. We will optimize everything we carry and how we carry it. The intent on this weekend is to learn a lot of new techniques and climb an alpine route. We begin our first lessons on easy terrain near Banff where we will nail down some foundation skills such as movement on rock, alpine ropework, short roping, belay station management, rappel station management and safety topics.

The activities of the second day will depend on the weather and our progress. Suffice it to say that the objective will be to put the skills to use on an alpine climb where we practice the skills learned on day one. The route we are doing has no climbing harder than 5.4/5.4 and is predominantly easy 3rd and 4th class.

Cost of the course will be $180 per participant.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Appropriate boots
  • Black Diamond ATC Guide™ or Petzl Reverso 3 or 4™
  • One 6m X 7mm nylon cordelette
  • One 120cm sewn slings (nylon or Spectra)
  • Carabiners - 2 locking / 4 non-locking / 1 triple action locking
  • One 10m continuous piece of very soft/supple 6mm nylon cord

Recommended Items to Bring:
Meals and accommodations will be the responsibility of the participant. Plus appropriate clothing for a variety of weather conditions that might be encountered.

To be accepted on this trip, please follow the below process:
  • This trip is on a first paid, first on basis
  • Participant are to send an email money transfer to the club Please include the course date & course title in your email message
  • Participant send second, separate email to the Treasurer to confirm the password of their e-transfer
  • Treasurer accepts and processes e-transfer and sends a confirmation email to the Participant
  • Participate then sends the Trip Coordinators Joey & Matt a copy of this confrimation email and we will then move you from the Waitlist to the trip
  • Participant attends the trip and has a grand 'ol time.

    All participants are required to complete a medical form and waiver before each course. Participants are responsible for their own climbing equipment, food, boots, clothing and accommodation. When participants do not have the requisite equipment, much of the technical gear can be provided for climbing courses if the instructor is contacted well in advance.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

No cancellations after payment received.
*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non- recoverable costs).
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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, July 08, 2017 at 11:59 PM.