Natural Rock Climbing Instructor Training Agenda
Council COPE/TowerTraining within last 10 months (includes Summer Camp from previous year)
How to Register:
Registration is handled through the Occoneechee Council website. Go to the Council Training Calendar and find the training event (April/May time period) and follow the directions posted there. Or contact Tony Cowan for more information.
9:00 AM – Begin Morning Session
- Open – Introductions
- Pre-Climb Concerns
- Reserving gear
- Environmental and Safety Issues (Weather, Hospital locations, Wilderness survival discussion, E-plan discussion, etc.)
- Parking permits and State park rules
- Basic First Aid / Wilderness First Aid & Medical evacuations
- Review of basic knots (Figure 8, On a Bight and Follow-through, Super 8, butterfly, bowline, water knot)
- New Knots - Mule Knot, In-line 8 – Show mule knot on belay devices.
- Concept of releasable rappel (show here and teach by hands-on example) tied on a Rescue Figure 8 device.
- Equipment – Inventory, Logs, & Familiarization
- Harnesses, helmets, shoes,
- Ropes for climbing
- Ropes & Webbing for anchors
- Anchor Braces
- Other Anchor Gear – Cams, Chocks, etc. that participants may have
- Anchors – Training & Practice on rocks, trees, etc., not on cliff face
- ERNEST – show examples and practice. Reference to BSA Topping Out manual.
- Angles of force diagram; Dangers of cross-loading carabiners
- Practice with emphasis on a these systems: 1) Simple static equalization with webbing, 2) Equalized webelettes, and 3) Equalized cordelette-style anchor using a static rope
Saturday Afternoon Session
- Continue hands-on sessions with anchors
- Cliff side demonstration of top-rope belay for climbing, with climber-belayer communication, and review of belay technique.
- Rappel Rescues – single line rappel with top-roped belay
- Demonstrate releasable rappel at cliff edge
- Set-up and Practice
Sunday 9:00 AM
- Practical Applications – Small teams will complete full setup of top rope belayed climbing routes on multiple sites. Discussions of anchors, site selections,and managing participant safety.
- Practical Applications – Small teams will complete full setup of a single line rappel with top-rope belay. Discussions of anchors, site selections,and managing participant safety.
- Final gear inventory/Log books
Our goal to end by Noon, with continued opportunities to climb depending on Instructors and group.