Preparation: Please read Student Field Trip 2 Info, and review the appropriate sections in Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills 8th Edition. If you have not already done so this year, review the Standard Techniques and Field Trip Guidelines for Instructors.
Equipment: Same as students. Also bring a pen or pencil (or two) for marking student grade cards. You may need to use some of your personal gear at your station, so please be sure that it’s marked for identification.
Knots Station (inside)
Belay Station with Weight Drop and Escape (Basement)
Station Set-up. There are 6 stations pre-set up in the south basement bay. Floor bolts for belaying have been pre-drilled; you may need to install the hangars. To use the weight drop set up, the bay door will need to be opened to provide enough room for belaying and pulling the weight back up to the ceiling after each drop.
Students will perform the following:
Rappelling (inside station and outside station)
Station Set-up. Provide 4 ropes at each station (indoor/outdoor). 2 ropes will be used for rappel and 2 others will provide belays at each station for students climbing up to the start of the rappel (there are no walk up routes to the start of the rappel stations).
1. Students will have to top-rope climb to the rappel station. Students will belay under direct observation of an Instructor.
2. Rappeling is the most risky activity that the students will perform in the field trips. Please enforce the following safety measures:
Outside station (South Climbing Plaza):
Inside station :
Expect to finish around 5:00 p.m. We will attempt to rotate instructors between inside and outside stations midday so expect to be outside for part, but not all, of the fieldtrip.
Please take safety into consideration at every station. If you have concern about a student’s ability to perform safely, inform your Area Leader. In case of an injury follow the Accident Response Plan.
Be a good example for the students. They will become tired, and possibly frustrated, so your skills, leadership, encouragement, and enthusiasm will help make their experience more rewarding and enjoyable. In inclement weather, the tasks become even more challenging, so do your best to help them along and take the conditions into account.
Be sure that the students understand their harness manufacturer’s instructions on how to 1) attach their belay device to the harness and 2) tie the rope into their harness. Make sure the student is aware of the load bearing vs. non-load bearing parts of the harness. Always wear and use their climbing harness according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If their manufacturer says to do it a particular way, then that’s the correct way to do it. If they have a harness has a belay loop then they should use it for belaying and rappelling. They clip their pear-shaped locking carabiner into the belay loop and then set up their belay device or Münter hitch and carabiner brake system on it. They should tie the rope into their harness in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Attaching their belay device or tying in contrary to the harness manufacturer’s instructions is unsafe and will be graded as such. If they have any questions about how to use their harness, have the student contact one of the field trip leaders.
Thank you for volunteering your time and sharing your enthusiasm for mountaineering!!