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Training
Training is offered throughout the year and varies from a basic climb school for beginners to lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and field sessions tailored to address specific skills for the intermediate and advanced climber. A range of topics are offered covering areas of interest to the general climbing community and to encourage skill development of leaders and potential leaders.  Contact the Presenter/Host of an event to get information about the training and location.  The Den is located at 360 ½ State Street, above Cook’s Stationery in downtown Salem.

Activity information is provided to members in The Chemeketan our monthly bulletin. To receive a complimentary two-month subscription to The Chemeketan and for more information about membership, contact the Membership Secretary.

The table below shows the available training opportunities sponsored by the climbing section of the club.  The classes range from no experience required to Climb School or equivalent.  Check the climb schedule for exact dates and additional information. http://www.chemeketans.org/climbing.asp

 

Class

Prerequisites

When

CLIMB SCHOOL

No experience required

Typically April

Description: Climb School is a great introduction to basic mountaineering and rock climbing skills.  The course includes two weeknight lectures and a weekend field session at Horsethief Butte (WA) and Mt Hood where you will learn skills such as belaying, rappelling, moving safely on rock, self-arrest with an ice axe, and roped team travel.  For more info visit: www.chemeketans.org/climb_school.asp

 

ROUTE FINDING SCHOOL

No experience required

Typically Feb

Description: Designed as an introductory or refresher course, Route Finding School teaches the basic skills of navigation.  You will learn how to read a topographic map, navigate with a map and compass, and use a GPS.  The class consists of an evening lecture followed by field sessions that will challenge your newly developed skills.  For more info visit: www.cascadeadventures.net

 

ICE SCHOOL

Chemeketan Climb School or equivalent training/experience

Typically Sep/Oct

Description: This 2 day course is taught at Mt Hood and is geared towards climbers who have completed Climb School and are looking to gain experience on technical snow/ice.  Participants will gain practice proper crampon and ice axe technique, ascending/descending steep snow/ice, roped team travel on technical terrain, and climbing vertical ice.

 

WILDERNESS 1ST AID

No experience required

Typically spring or fall

Description: This is an 18-hour Wilderness First Aid course at Silver Falls State Park.  The course covers  first aid skills and decision-making using realistic emergency medical scenarios as might be encountered on a climbing, hiking, or backpacking trip in the Cascades.  This is a fun, intense, hands-on course that includes simulated outdoor scenarios in dark, cold, wet, chaotic conditions.  For more info visit http://mikessummits.blogspot.com/2014/01/wilderness-first-aid-silver-falls-state.html

 

INTRO TO SMITH ROCK

Chemeketan Climb School or equivalent training/experience

Typically May

Description: This 2 day course at Smith Rock State Park is geared toward the beginner rock climber.  Participants learn proper belaying techniques and the basic fundamentals of climbing vertical rock.

 

INTRO TO SPORT CLIMBING

Chemeketan Climb School or equivalent training/experience

Typically May

Description: This 2- day course at Smith Rock State Park focuses on the techniques of sport climbing.  Participants learn the fundamentals of leading a sport climb, building a proper anchor for top roping, and belaying a lead climber. 

 

INTERMEDIATE SNOW SKILLS

Chemeketan Climb School or equivalent training/experience

Typically May

Description: This one-day class takes place on the south slopes of Mt Hood and may include: use of an ice ax on steep snow, crampon technique, “hanging” belays, building and belaying off of snow anchors, basic avalanche assessment (e.g. snow pits), or z-pulley (rescue).  For more info visit: http://mikessummits.blogspot.com/2013/12/mt-hood-intermediate-snow-skills-clinic.html

 

INTERMEDIATE ROCK PRO/ANCHOR SKILLS

Chemeketan Climb School or equivalent training/experience

Typically April (day before Climb School field sessions)

Description: This class is geared towards the intermediate climber who is looking to gain some exposure to placing “trad” gear and building anchors with that gear.  This course is typically offered the Friday before the annual Chemeketan Climb School field session at Horsethief Butte (WA).  Students are expected to have their own harnesses and a small assortment of standard gear but the trad gear will be provided.