This past weekend we had a 3 day weekend that provided the perfect opportunity to have a ASAP staff training on rock climbing site management and anchor building down in Tres Piedras. We went over safety and techniques for managing a top-rope (what you would see in gyms) and top-belay (belaying from the top of the climb) as well as how to set up the anchors for each respective method. Myself and another ASAP employee, Rob, led lessons on knots, gear, gear placements, anchor theory, and how to safely manage the area when leading trips. A local badass and longtime professional climbing/mountaineering guide, Mark, was with us and went into detail on all of these systems and proved, as always, an invaluable resource for the training. I dont know if he will read this but…Mark, you rock. It was awesome having you with us! Here are some pics from the trip:
Going over one of the anchors we built.
Cora, working on getting the rope down to the ground from the anchor.
A tricam, in passive mode (just google “tricam”); Dan belaying in the background.
For those of you who may be checking out Adams and are into the outdoors, ASAP will get you where you want to go. Maybe you want to go hit up the local rock climbing spots on the weekend or go to Wolf Creek to get your deep powder fix. Or, maybe you are looking for a sweet (the sweetest?) job on campus that will keep you involved and teach you a tremendous amount of skills across the spectrum of outdoor recreation. Get outside!