Leavenworth (WA) Climbing

1:41 p.m. on October 19, 2011 (EDT)
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Scroll down on the above page for the story with pics of the kids from the AAI blog.


We heard about the AAI (American Alpine Institute) holding a guide certification course in our neck of God's country.  They were asking for volunteers to act as clients for the guide candidates to work with to earn their spurs.  Also included was a free day of professional climbing instruction so, we were all over it.

Ed will sleep easier knowing I finally got formal climbing instruction. 

As it turns out we were already doing everything pretty well. We did get better at several climbing techniques, especially rappelling and building topropes.  The guides were great with the kids too, I highly recommend them.

10022011496-1-.jpg#2 rapping (I number the kids to make things easier)

10022011498-2-.jpg#2 after sending a 5.9/modern 5.10

10022011493-1-.jpg#1 looking for a way up a frustratingly smooth slab.

Having learned on strictly basalt with nice, possitive incut holds, granite slab climbing was a new twist to us.

Six hours of climbing later the skin on our fingertips was worn thin, we were tired and very happy with having increased our skill about three-fold.  



1:45 p.m. on October 19, 2011 (EDT)
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It looks like you guys had a great time! It's fantastic that you get out and do all these things with your kids. 

Thanks for posting and sharing the experience with us. That second pic is a great shot of your son on rap :)

2:17 p.m. on October 19, 2011 (EDT)
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Good stuff Jeff!


You're making me interested in climbing now too...oh no, not another outdoor interest....time and money....time and money...:)

3:08 p.m. on October 19, 2011 (EDT)
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Patman said:

time and money....time and money...:)

 ...at least its money well spent. ;)

Jeff, awesome stuff ya got going on here. Thanks for sharing it with us. 

7:01 p.m. on October 19, 2011 (EDT)
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Come on out Pat, I'll let you borrow some gear.  Just to see if you like it.  Oh no, I sound like a drug dealer!


10:27 p.m. on October 19, 2011 (EDT)
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Your children are lucky to have parents like yourself. Rockin Sage..You da man!!!!!

12:53 a.m. on October 20, 2011 (EDT)
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FromSagetoSnow said:

..Ed will sleep easier knowing I finally got formal climbing instruction...



So was anything learned that improved safety/awareness?  Did they go into belay stations and anchors?


10:13 a.m. on October 20, 2011 (EDT)
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Very nice Jeff, great area over there!  My daughter wants to learn rock climbing, or actually she likes wall climbing (man made walls) but has not done anything outdoors yet.  I guess I need to get busy!  :)


12:22 p.m. on October 20, 2011 (EDT)
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This was single pitch instructor cert class, so no belay station training.  We did go over setting up toprope anchors and no gear placement, as it was sport climbing. 

4:45 p.m. on October 21, 2011 (EDT)
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I miss the area!!!! Used to hike a lot up round Mount Stewert and the Teannaway. Lived in WA for 36 years.....been 14 in Vegas and miss me some real FOREST!

Nice time that ya'll appear to have had!

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