Introduction to Sport Climbing
Location: Rec Center
Gym to Crag Description
Our Gym to Crag course is for climbers who have climbed before and possess basic skills obtained from a climbing gym or outdoor climbing. In this course you will reinforce your basic climbing skills and bridge the gaps to outdoor rock climbing. The Gym to Crag course will help you develop the techniques needed to climb outdoors and guide you in the direction of outdoor climbing. It is designed to provide our students with a foundational understanding of anchors, cleaning, rappelling, sport climbing, and crag specific considerations. Students will adapt their climbing gym movement skill to the outdoor realm.
This series must be done in order. You must attend Gym to Crag #1 in order to attend Gym to Crag #2. This series is only for BU Students.
Gym to Crag Series 1
Have you ever looked up at a cliff with climbers on it and wondered how a rope got up there? If there’s no way to hike around to the top, then someone had to lead climb the route.
With lead climbing, the rope runs directly from the belayer to the climber. As the climber goes up the rock face, they clip the rope into bolts that are fixed to the wall or removable pieces of trad gear. This differs from top-rope climbing where the rope initially runs up the wall to a top anchor and back down to the climber.
On the “sharp end of the rope,” the lead climber must move above a bolt or piece of protection in order to advance up the route. If he or she falls before clipping the rope into the next bolt or piece, then the fall will be at least twice as long as the distance above the last piece: A climber three feet above the last piece, for example, would fall six feet, plus a little farther due to rope stretch.