Rock Craft

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Pictures From the Spring

Posted by on 16 Jun 2009 | Tagged as: ASI, Rock Craft, Uncategorized

I’m sorry it has taken forever.  Here are some pictures from Seneca Rocks, Coopers Rocks, my packed car (a few days after the picture was taken 2 bikes were added to the back), Deep Creek Lake, Wisp, back to Seneca, and then finishing up with Akron’s climbing wall.

The last few months have been very hectic. After Easter weekend I started with classes 7 days a week.  Monday was Math, Tuesday was Mt. Biking all day, Wednesday was Math and then work at the Rental Center in the afternoon, Thursday was Mt. Biking, Friday/Saturday/Sunday was Climbing

After finals week the dorms closed. This did not mean that I was going home to relax and start the summer.  I stayed out in Garrett County for another week, then down to Seneca Rocks for 4 days, then went to Ohio for 3 days, back to Garrett County for a night, and then I drove home.

Why did I stay?  Well I had a 3 things on my calendar.  I had one exam the following Monday and Tuesday. (5/11-12/09)  This exam was the Maryland Top Rope Site Manager Certification Exam consisting of a written test, skills test, and a day of managing a group. (I passed every part of the exam.) The Venture Crew planned to be out at Seneca Rocks to do the via ferrata at Nelson Rocks on the weekend of the 15th-17th. (Pictures of this can be found here) Since that is only about 1.5 hrs from school I decided to stay around rather than driving home and then back out there.  I went down to Seneca Rocks Thursday the 14th.  Nelson Rocks was a lot less scary the second time. (Plus, I had the experience of Seneca in between my first time to Nelson and my second)

After relaxing with the crew over the weekend the original plan was to drive home with the family and Crew.  This changed when Andy offered the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor course and exam. I decided that it was a good certification to have because it would help me gain knowledge to teach the Climbing Merit Badge for the Scouts.  The American Mountain Guide Association’s Climbing Wall Instructor course and exam was held at The University of Akron. (5/18-20/09)  Andy met me at ASI Monday morning the 18th and we drove up to Akron. There we met Giana who was also taking the class with Andy and I.  It was odd having Andy in the class with me instead of teaching the class.  (Even though he still knew more and everything was more natural for him)  Wednesday evening the class ended and I found out that I passed, which was really good because there were times during the class which were challenging.  That night Andy and I drove back to Maryland.  I stayed the night and then drove home Thursday.

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Rock Craft 3 Vertical Rock Rescue

Posted by on 28 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: ASI, Rock Craft

Final weekend of climbing for the fall semester.

Friday was a bit cold.  We went to Humphey’s and did some lowers off a rock slope.  Then at night we learned how to do a belay escape.  The belay escape enables the belayer to remove him/herself from the belay system.  Belay Escape Sequence

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After 4 Weeks of Use

Posted by on 27 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: ASI, Rock Craft

If you go to the post on October 5th you will see the picture of my gear after the intro class.  Here is a shot of my gear 3 weeks later.  The original shot has the fresh tape on it and some minor scratches on the carabiners.  Now you will see the paint worn off of the large orange carabiner and a ton more scratches.

Rock Craft 2

Posted by on 21 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: ASI, Rock Craft

This past weekend I had Rock Craft 2.

Friday:  Massy, a guide from the other climbing place, took Sean, Janelle and me climbing up the face.  That night we were in the gym learning the belay escape.  This technique is used if we ever have to escape out of the belay for emergencies.

Saturday:  Jess, Lee, Sean, and I woke up at 5:45 to get ready to head to the top.  We left SRMG a little after 7am and reached the top 50 mins. later.  The recreational trail they say is 1.5 miles but it seemed longer with a pack and 2 ropes on my back.  I said that I would rather do the stairmaster then the recreational trail.  Once we made it to the top I was drenched with sweat even though it was about 45 degrees out.  After cooling down I ended up keeping all of my layers on for the rest of the day.

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Rock Craft 1

Posted by on 13 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: ASI, Rock Craft

Second weekend at Seneca Rocks and it was another perfect weekend.  I brought the camera and it came in handy.

On Friday I was with Tony (the man who wrote the guide book) and Jess and we climbed some small stuff next to the StairMaster.  Then that night, after the gym session, Tom asked me if I would help set up and belay for the Boy Scout troop.

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Intro to Traditional Rock Climbing

Posted by on 05 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: ASI, Rock Craft

I just got back from Seneca Rocks and unfortunately I did not bring my camera.  Tom Cecil (the owner of Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides) did take some pictures of me on the rocks.  I might try to get those and post them sometime in the future.

Here is a picture of all of my gear.  The harness I bought back in January but everything else was included with the course.  I will take my camera next weekend and snap some shots (if i can without shaking too much)

I got a 100% on my skills test today!!  It included being able to tie into the rope, set up a belaying anchor, belaying, and then coiling the rope.  We learned how to do a bunch of other stuff like ascending using a prussic, belaying using only a carabiner, rappelling, and setting up top-rope anchors.