Tree Climbing Camp
Climbing Camp - Fall 2012
September 22-28 Southern Ohio
EF! Climbers Guild will be hosting a climbing camp this fall in southern Ohio. This is the first time a Guild camp has been organized in the Midwest and we are really excited about it! At the EF! National Rondezvous in Pennsylvania this year, we recognized a vital need to make these technical skills more available in this region. With the escalating campaigns against fracking and coal extraction, the guild would be honored to share our skills with those that are interested.
We have invited a variety of different climb/rigging trainers from different bio-regions who actively work on different campaigns to share their skills and their stories.
What to bring:
Pack like you’re going camping, sleeping bag, tent, rain gear.
Good climb shoes- these are any shoe with a stiff sole. While some people can climb in sandals, I wouldn’t recommend it. And about climbing barefoot- like most things in life, the fantasy is better than the reality. It hurts.
Gloves- i find that bike gloves are great, but anything snug and flexible will work. Blisters = slower climbing
Pants that you can climb and be comfortable in. This means loose or stretchy and breathable material.
Your own climb gear. While this is certainly not required, if you have it, bring it! And if you’ve been wanting to invest, carpe diem! There really is no time like the present. We are not sure exactly what and how much gear we will have, so the more people provide their own gear, the less the likelihood of waiting to use communal gear.
Food. Not all EF! Guild camps have communal kitchens, however this one will. Please consider bringing food to donate to the kitchen. Keep in mind that there will be vegans at the camp, so donations that everyone can
share would be greatly appreciated. Also, bring what you know that you need to sustain yourself for a week. i.e. if you know you need chocolate everyday in the afternoon, throw it in your personal food bucket.
A requested donation of $20-$30 for the week. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The communal kitchen:
While we are asking folks to contribute to our kitchen, we will also be providing food as well and are hoping to have a volunteer cook or two for the week. If not, we can take turns making meals. Whatever makes sense.
What we will provide:
Climb gear. Once again, have no fear if you do not have your own gear, we can provide gear for the week.
A full kitchen, including dishware and cutlery. So, you don’t need to bring your own set, unless you really want to.
Coffee and tea
We are going to be camping and training just outside of Athens, Ohio. If you are taking public transportation, Greyhound operates to the area. Also, there is a service called, ‘Go Bus’ that goes between Cincinnati and Athens for $10 and another between Columbus and Athens, also $10.
Important: When you RSVP- WE WILL GIVE YOU FULL DIRECTIONS
The topics to be covered during the 7 days are:
Day 1: Basic climbing and Rope Anchoring
Day 2: Traverses and Tree to Tree transfers (sky walking).
D3: Basic Structure rigging and Haul systems
D4: Tri Bi and Mono Pods
D5: Advanced Structure rigging
D6: Large scale, occupied banner deployment
D7: Basic rescue and training set ups.
This is just a rough sketch of an agenda and it may change.
To climb at the camp you will have to sign a waiver of liability and recognize that what we are doing is dangerous. We are willing to share our climbing knowledge but not willing to accept responsibility if anyone hurts themselves. Along this same line, at the camp the trainers have veto power over everything climbing related and can ask anyone to leave the camp if they feel they are not acting in a safe manner or are behaving in a disruptive manner.
The schedule will be fairly rigid with demonstration times but ample opportunity will be available for people to practice whatever skills they have learned.