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Date Saturday  5/4/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title ASC Instructor/Trip Leader Session (Fort Collins) Fort Collins Group
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Erin Bohler
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class IV
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 2000
Driving Distance 150


Meeting time: 7:00 a.m.
Meeting location: Harmony and I-25 park-n-ride lot, NW corner

For more info Contact

John Raich, john.raich@colostate,edu
Erin Bohler,



This is a review session for senior and assistant instructors prior to the Alpine Scrambling Course Basic Skills Session. The purpose is to review the instructional agenda and content for this field session. Particular attention is paid having senior instructors review techniques to be used to provide added security in case of course participant unease with exposure, assistance on difficult scrambling sections, assistance for downclimbing, a need to manage travel under difficult weather or other conditions. Both senior instructors and assistant practice scenarios that are applicable for addressing possible problems arising on class 3 and 4 scrambles.

The following practice sessions are suggested (some instructors play the roles of students):

• Rope handling and management
• Belaying
• Identifying and using natural anchors.
• Roping up and traveling as teams of 2 or 3, using natural protection (horns, boulders, opposite sides of a ridge). For a team of 3, try this with a caterpillar or end-roping set-up.
• Constructing anchors for scrambling with gear.
• Belaying a student up a short step or slab.
• Belaying a student down a step or slab.
• Lowering a student or several students (one at a time) down a step or slab (no overhangs).
• Construct a fixed line and travel along it using Prusiks.
• Instructor rappel practice.

This session is intended as a review for senior instructors and combination of review and new skills development for assistant instructors. All those with interests in participating in the Alpine Scrambling Course as instructors should attend.



Assistant instructors/trip leaders

The Alpine Scrambling Course provides opportunities for CMC members to gain additional experience as assistants to manage small groups of climbers in alpine terrain under the mentorship of senior instructors. Incorporating assistants in the instructional program allows the Club to train new leaders for scrambling trips.

Expected experience and training of assistants should include:
• Participation in CMC hikes and climbs for several seasons. This experience should include hikes at least at the “C” level.
• Prior completion of the Alpine Scrambling Course or equivalent experience/training.
• Familiarity with the use of basic safety gear (helmet, ice ax, climbing harness, crampons).
• Prior completion of CMC Wilderness First Aid and CPR courses, or equivalent training, is encouraged.

Senior instructors/trip leaders

Senior instructors/trip leaders are expected to be knowledgeable in utilizing a rope, along with adequate protection, on short sections of exposed terrain, to assist less confident members of a climbing group, and in case of emergencies. Expected experience and training should include:
• Qualify at the level of Alpine Scrambling Course Assistant Instructor/Assistant Trip Leader (see above)
• Completion of portions of a Basic Mountaineering Course, Technical Climbing School or Alpine Climbing School modules, other climbing training, or equivalent experience, that include the following climbing techniques and associated gear:
• Basic techniques for movement on rock
• Rope management
• Basic protection systems for climbers
• Anchors
• Belaying
• Rappelling
• Transitions unroped – roped
• Basic (soft) snow and technical (hard) snow travel
• Navigation
• Completion of a CMC Wilderness First Aid course, or equivalent.
• Completion of a recent CPR course is recommended.
• Certified CMC trip leader
• Leading experience on 3rd and 4th rock and 2nd and 3rd class snow is required.
• Leading experience on 5th class rock and 4th class snow is beneficial but not required.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.