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July 25 AAC Self Rescue Class A Huge Success

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by Southern Appalachian Section

The American Alpine Club Southern Appalachian Section turned out in force on July 25 for the Climbers Self Rescue Course which was run free of charge for AAC members. The class was completely full with 12 avid climbers attending, and many more on the waiting list! We met at Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School in Pisgah Forest for a coffee and some free shwag for members that renewed their memberships or who had just joined recently. The course was free of charge, sponsored by Fox Mountain Guides, run by AMGA Certified Rock Guide Adam Fox and assisted by FMG summer intern Eric Singleton.

The course started with a review of all the gear a climbers should be packing for a day out at the crags and looked at some common pitfalls of ill prepared climbers. Many climbing stories were exchanged as risk management and rescue topics were discussed throughout the morning. An array of technical systems were reviewed from basic belaying principles, single pitch top rope set ups, multipitch rappelling systems, raising techniques (3:1, 3:1 Assisted and 5:1), and as promised not a belay escape in sight!

The class looked at cutting edge techniques in self-rescue and the whole spectrum of attending climbers, from novice to seasoned veterans walked away with a few new systems and ideas about risk management in climbing. All in all a great success and hopefully one of many course by Fox Mountain Guides for the AAC in the future!

What the AAC Members had to say:

“Adam has a uniquely effective way of showing how the gear we climbers carry out on the rock every day can be used to keep the unexpected from turning into a disaster. From top-roping to multi-pitch trad, there’s something to be learned here that may save the day, and perhaps even a life. While any climber will benefit from this class, experienced climbers will take the most away from it.” – David

“Great class and very helpful and entertaining.” – Rebecca

“Great!! Learned a lot in a short time.” – Ken


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