Joshua Tree Rock Climbing “Climb Smart” Event
On October 19th and 20th, The Climbing Life Guides attended the Climb Smart event in Joshua Tree National Park as a volunteer guide service.
I was assigned to teach a Lead Climbing clinic on Saturday at The Sentinel formation in The Real Hidden Valley area at Joshua Tree National Park. The clinic was well attended and enjoyed by all. Some of the topics covered during the lead climb clinic included: approaching your climb (how to use a guide book), gear selection, route assessment, “yes” and “no” fall zones, how to rack trad gear, appropriate stances to place gear from, use of slings for extending placements and reducing rope drag, belaying techniques (keeping the lead climber off of the ground), gear placement assessment, gear placement spacing, and an actual demo done by myself! At the end of the four hour clinic, the air felt alive with stoke and excitement. These moments of learning excitement, and the light of recognition in someone’s face after I have successfully explained a concept, are what motivate me to guide. These moments are why I am so excited about my future in this awesome industry! Several participants mentioned an interest in a personalized class to further ready themselves to lead climb. I strongly recommend beginning lead climbing as soon as you feel confident in gear placements. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with me; let’s get you on lead!
November 8, 2013. Posted by: nelsonday