During the practice session at the MMC you will have the opportunity to get familiar with basic rock gear and basic rock skills. You'll practice getting into your harness, how to setup your harness, how to tie into the climbing rope, in addition to belaying, rappelling, and ascending a fixed line. This will be done within your BCEP team on the MMC instructional rock walls.

Activity Notes

   Snake Dogs MMC Prospectus

Date: Friday 3/09/20 Meet Time: 6:00 pm (Assistants 5:30pm)

Meet At: Mazamas Mountaineering Center

527 SE 43rd Ave Portland, OR 97215

Time 6pm-10pm. We would like to be as efficient as possible moving through the stations and will hopefully be out of the MMC by 9:00pm.

Skills: We are going to focus on these skills:

❏ Knots

❏ Belay from above

❏ Belay from below

❏ Rappel

❏ Ascending a rope

❏ Fixed line travel

What you need to bring:

❏ Prospectus

❏ Practice rope

❏ Harness

❏ Belay device/ATC

❏ 2 Prusiks (waist and leg)

❏ Hollowblock

❏ Personal protection leash (x2)

❏ 1 large HMS locking carabiner

❏ 2 standard size locking carabiners

❏ 2 standard non-locking carabiners

❏ Helmet

In addition to the above list, assistants should bring:

❏ Quickdraws/slings for fixed lines

❏ Biners for rappel anchors

❏ Non-locking biners

❏ Mazamas ropes

Skills Practice Outline: Station #1: Knots (with practice rope and cord for prusiks)

❏ Flake a rope + butterfly coil

❏ Knot practice

❏ Overhand

❏ Figure eight

❏ Rewoven figure eight

❏ Double fisherman’s

❏ Prusik hitch

❏ Clove hitch

❏ Girth hitch

❏ Munter hitch

Station #2: Belay from above:

❏ Leader/ICS student setup plus two assistants

❏ One student climbs to top, belays in follower and then moves to Station #3, follower becomes next belayer

❏ Belayer remains tied-in with clove-hitch and personal pro

❏ Take in slack (climber “that’s me”) and prepare ATC

❏ Belay follower using proper PBOS (assistant back up)

❏ Catch fall (assistant back up)

❏ Instruct follower on clipping into the anchor

❏ Properly use voice commands

Station #3: Rappel

❏ Leader/ICS student setup plus one assistant

❏ Student will move from Station #2 after belaying a follower and rappel down

❏ Clip into anchor using personal pro

❏ Tie autoblock

❏ Feed rope through ATC

❏ Perform BARK

❏ Weight system

❏ Keep brake hand on + remove personal pro

❏ Rappel to ground

❏ Properly use voice commands

Station #4: Belay from below (AKA Slingshot Belay, AKA Top-Rope Belay)

❏ Leader/ICS student setup plus one assistant

❏ Two student pairs (one climber, one belayer and switch)

❏ Clip into a ground anchor using clove-hitch and personal pro

❏ Take in slack, prep ATC

❏ Perform safety check

❏ Properly use voice commands

❏ Belay climber using PBUS + perform catch, take and lower with assistant back up

Station #5: Ascend the rope

❏ One assistant to demonstrate

❏ Ensure proper cord lengths and fit for prusik

❏ Ascend the rope using waist and leg prusiks

Station #6: Fixed-line travel

❏ 2 assistants

❏ Attach to rope with prusik

❏ Pass protection without unclipping from rope

❏ Practice with 2-3 students 

Other Information
Expected Duration Car to car in one day