Spring time is the right time to start thinking about mountaineering whether you are learning the basics or refreshing your skills. Obsidians and Eugene Mountain Rescue will instruct the fundamentals of rock and glacier travel in the classroom and field sessions of the 2015 Climb School.This entry level course is recommended for anyone interested in participating in a climb where ropes, crampons, or other technical gear will be used to navigate hazardous terrain. Upon completion of the course, climb school graduates will be eligible to participate in most Obsidian climbs. Obsidians and Eugene Mountain Rescue will provide all ropes, anchors and group gear needed for the field sessions. We also have the following personal gear available for your use: Climbing harness, rock helmet, perlon for a prusik loop, a belay device, and locking carabiners. We also have a few ice axes to lend; you may need to rent or borrow one. Our supply of personal gear for loan is limited. We encourage you to use your own gear if you have it. The cost is $90 ($60 for Obsidian & EMR members). Climb School is available for persons in good physical condition and at least 16 years old (or at least 13 years of age if accompanied by an adult).
|April 6||Evening Classroom Session: Introduction to mountaineering|
|April 9||Evening Classroom Session: Rope and rock climbing basics|
|April 11 or 12||Field Session: Skinner Butte Columns|
|April 16||Evening Classroom Session: Glacier travel and self arrest techniques|
|April18||Field Session: Location to be determined based on snow conditions|
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25 hardy EMR members gathered at Briggs Middle School in Springfield to practice their skills and test the waterproofing of their rain gear at the fifth edtion of the Fall Academy. Trainers covered topics such as anchors, raising/lowering systems, and litter rigging. Thanks to Laurie Monico for organizing this event, as well as to her group of talented instructors. Another big thanks to our smiling, energetic membership for attending.