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ROCK CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR

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BITS AND BOBS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

This is a page full of helpful information to support you to gain your Rock Climbing Instructor Award. Do pop back regularly as I will add new information and interesting links that I find. 

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ANCHORS

 

When building an anchor always try to belay where you can see your 2nd. When building anchors, "big is best", unless it's a huge non-moving block, then a minimum of 2 pieces of gear must be used to construct an anchor.

 

Use the principle of  IDEAS to build an anchor:

 

INDEPENDENT

if one fails, it won't shock load the other parts of the system.

DIRECTION

of the climber

EQUALIZED

tension on all strands of the sling or rope

ANGLE

ideally 60' but max 90'

SOLID

solid gear, solid rock and screwgates

Check and double check before you commit anyone to a system.

Ensure you consider how to inform/teach people how to abseil/belay etc efficiently.

 

Use a simple principle like IDEAS

Introduce

Demonstrate

Explain

Activity

Summarise

 

Think about how you do it and then create a simple set of instructions for a beginner to follow .

GEAR

PLACEMENTS

Nuts, Cams, Torques, Offsets, Stakes?

Some thoughts on what to use and where!

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE

EQUIPMENT

A good overview of our responsibilities regarding PPE, fast forward the bits that aren't of interest!

GROUP BELAY SYSTEMS

When creating a group system, always try to bring the rigging rope to 2 strands using the overhand knot or sling to do this (left), which are then easier to tension for a top rope, bottom rope or group abseil. Also, the “bunny ears” knot can then be used effectively in a top rope (right) and group abseil (far right). Keep every system simple.

 

Ensure you protect yourself appropriately when working near an edge.

SOME USEFUL KNOTS AND TIPS!

EXPERIENCE

The more people you can observe/work with, the more "tools" you will have for working with a wide range of people. Again, when you go climbing (indoors or outdoors) think about how you're moving and why and how can you impart that skill. 

Try to manage sessions in a fun and engaging manner.

 

Remember, as a Rock Climbing Instructor, it’s not just about bottom roping and abseiling.

ADVICE

​I've written a number articles about the assessment process along with a few folk who have completed the Rock Climbing Instructor award with me. Follow this link to read them .....listed under 'Get Qualified'

BALANCE

Vertical posture is the only one that is naturally balanced and when the body is vertical, gravity forces your weight, straight down onto your feet which is best for maximum contact

Keep arms at shoulder height to keep you in balance, (this will change on steeper rock) and therefore you will have to take smaller steps which are more efficient than large strides

Keeping your weight over your foot creates a ‘base of support’

FOOT

WORK

People don’t trust their feet! Allow folk to explore the different parts of the foot that can be used for example

  • the inside edge

  • the outside edge

  • the toes

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