Top-Rope Climbing, Introduction to | Prescott College

Top-Rope Climbing, Introduction to

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This course offering is designed to introduce the basic elements of climbing in a condensed format within a supportive and inclusive environment. Students are introduced to the activity of rock climbing and the personal group development inherent to the sport. Three field days follow this introduction in which students learn the basic knots and equipment used in climbing, and then have a chance to explore movement on the vertical realm. The human experience is emphasized during this introduction with particular attention paid to emotional growth, group experience and the joy of being in an outdoor environment. The course emphasizes group debriefs and attentiveness to the emotional elements inspired by rock. Students progress through a series of lessons including basic safety protocols, equipment, belaying, movement and mental aspects. The course concludes with a reflective practice designed to transfer inter and intrapersonal learnings to other elements of life.