Instructor Training for the Washington Alpine Club’s Basic Climbing Class

Today was my first day as an official instructor for the Washington Alpine Club’s (WAC) Basic Climbing class.  I took the WAC’s Basic Climbing class last year and this year decided I to give back to the course and community of climbers who had taught me so much and open my horizon’s beyond 6,000 foot peaks.   The Washington Alpine club is run solely on the hard work of volunteers.  It’s an organization built and run on the passion, skill and tremendous amount of time that individuals voluntarily give.  And most importantly it’s a fun group.  I had an incredible time last year going through the Basic Climbing class; learning to rock climb, glacier climb and ice climb.  I’m really excited to now be able to be on the instructing end, helping to make the class an incredible success.

On this particular Saturday the new instructors were at the WAC’s cabin at the base of Guye Peak.  We reviewed

Good ol' z-pulley. At Guye Cabin, Snoqualmie Pass.

everything from different important climbing knots, to MOFA and evacuation, good teaching methods (which is crucial if you are planning to instruct), to z-pulley, to how to teach belaying, and how to teach rappelling.  The atmosphere was fun and lively and the day flew by.  The basic climbing course begins next Tuesday and goes all the way through the second weekend in June, the grand finale being a climb of Mt. Baker.  And so kicks off my first year as a Basic Climbing Class instructors.

For more info on the Washington Alpine Club and the course it offers check out: www.wacweb.org

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~ by Genevieve Hathaway on March 22, 2010.

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