Week 3: Bouldering & Rock Climbing—June 24–30, 2018

Bouldering & Rock Climbing

Climbing is the perfect combination of problem solving, physical exertion, and fun, and the E&H Summer Adventure Program offers participants the appropriate fundamentals for a safe and successful climbing experience. Climb On!

The premiere bouldering opportunities that exist in Grayson Highlands State Park are less than an hour away from campus, and the Backbone Rock and Hidden Valley climbing areas are minutes away and offer fun and challenging climbs in beautiful settings.

The week will begin with a focus on climbing basics, and participants will practice basic skills on the Outdoor Program’s 50ft. climbing tower and indoor bouldering crag. Once the fundamentals have been established, it’s all about getting to the rock!

Participants will engage the following skills and topics:

  • Leave-No-Trace Backcountry Ethics
  • Group Dynamics
  • Appropriate gear choices and proper fit
  • Knots
  • Efficient Body Movement
  • Pull, Brake, Under, Slide (PBUS) Belay Technique
  • Risk Assessment: Terrain Considerations, Weather, Route Choices, Protections Climbs, etc.
  • Introduction to Anchor Systems