Womens Climbing Mentor Group Spring Social! - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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The Basics:
Event Type: Social 
Event Location: 1333 20 Ave NW Calgary T2M 1G4 
Date(s) & Time:   Thursday, May 25, 2017 06:30 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Thursday, May 25, 2017 06:00 PM  
Event Duration: 2-2.5 hours 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):    

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 30
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 0
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 3
Number Registered So Far:   17 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   Yes


I will provide vegan lentil soup and (possibly non-vegan) bread. Food or drink additions are always appreciated but not necessary! Just bring yourself....

Hey Ladies, have you been out in the mountains, looking at a sweet line up a steep rocky face and thinking how you’d like to get to the top of that? Or maybe you’ve followed some awesome routes and might like to be at the front end of the rope? Or maybe you have been cragging and sport climbing for a bit but you feel intimidated by multipitch routes? Maybe you love climbing on bolts but you can’t understand how people can trust their own protection? Maybe you just started climbing and you don’t even know what you want to do, but it all seems great? Maybe you’ve been climbing for a while and want to share some of your skills and find some new partners? Maybe you just wouldn’t mind climbing more with other women?

The Women's Climbing Mentor Group aims to build a community of women climbers and particularly support ambition and growth. I’d like to facilitate women becoming trad lead climbers, with the full range of skills and competence to pick personally challenging objectives and lead others up the rock. If you have some latent interest or ambition, or some latent mentoring desire, at any level, this group is for you.

Why gender specific? Well, despite the huge leaps society has made toward gender equity and a more complex understanding and treatment of gender, my experience is that many women still find themselves held back by insecurity and self-doubt when facing a leadership position, or simply by the desire to accommodate other’s needs and ambitions before their own. This group specifically aims to provide a supportive and understanding learning environment and help stoke that fire under your ambition. The aim of this group is to provide mentorship and a peer group for developing skills. This will involve combining courses and skills sessions already being offered by ACC, along with practice and skills sessions arranged for our group.

Here are some aspects of skill sets that I would like to support in this group:

  • Lead Climbing and Lead Belaying
  • Anchor building
  • Anchor Cleaning
  • Rappelling
  • Belaying from Above
  • Basic Rescue Skills
  • Multipitch Climbing
  • Traditional Gear Placement
  • Choosing an Objective,
  • Planning, and Building a Partner Circle
  • Route Finding & On-Route Decision-making
  • Multi-Day trip and Expedition planning

I’m spearheading this group, but sometimes that just means bringing together a group with more experienced and less experienced climbers (like our winter ice-climbing sessions) I myself am primarily a rock climber with more alpine ambitions. As a group we will also have the opportunity to qualify for some subsidized leadership training through the club as we complete some of our development goals.

This meeting will be social – a chance to get to know new folks, catch up with one another, lay out some goals, and strategize on how to meet them. These social get-togethers are repeated seasonally.

Feel free to email me with questions: annedrewpotter@ gmail.com. And please share with your friends who might be interested.

Required Items to Bring:
Ambition, questions, ideas

Recommended Items to Bring:

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   On 20 Ave close to the intersection with 13 ST. Nepalese Prayer Flags on the porch. Take 14 or 10 St off 16 Ave. Parking is free and copious in front of the house.  

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Registration for this event closed on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 06:00 PM.