Rock Climbing at Winslow Ledges -- 02 Oct 04

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1.0 Overview

2.0 Concept

This outing is an opportunity for scouts with no previous experience to try rock climbing at out local training cliff, Winslow Ledges. Winslow offers a nearly perfect environment for learning basic rock climbing skills. It is easy to get to, has good, solid rock offering a variety of challenges, and is easily protected from above. We will offer basic instruction in rope handling, belaying, and climbing technique, with an emphasis on teamwork and safety. The outing will provide advancement opportunities for Climbing Merit Badge.

2.1 Description

We will meet at the Maynard Street Parking Lot (aka the Old Hospital Parking Lot or the OHP), and drive to the trailhead. After hiking in to the cliffs, we will conduct a short safety briefing, and then learn basic rope handling, belaying, and climbing techniques. While the beginners are working on these items, the more experienced will be rigging the cliff for climbing. We will then take turns climbing with a break for lunch at noon. After lunch, we will do a little more climbing, perhaps expanding our techniques, and then pack up to return to Hanover.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 02Oct
0900 -- Meet at OHP. Brief on entry procedures for the climbing area.
0915 -- Depart for Winslow
0945 -- Arrive. Unload and hike in.
1000 -- Arrive at Winslow Ledge. Safety briefing.
1015 -- Conduct instruction in skills while leaders rig the climb.
1100 -- Begin climbing.
1200 -- Lunch.
1230 -- More climbing, with skill elaboration as appropriate.
1300 -- Pack up.
1315 -- Return to cars.
1330 -- Start for Hanover.
1400 -- Arrive OHP.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The hike in to the cliffs is about a mile. It is not difficult, but does demand normal hiking preparations. Be prepared for the weather.

The climbing area is very well suited to instruction of beginners. It has easy access to the top, good anchorage, minimal loose rock, and a nice variety of climbs. Cliff heights range from about thirty feet to about 120 feet.

It is very important for all participants to understand that we are guests at Winslow, and we must be respectful of our hosts. In the past, many climbers using Winslow have not shown the appropriate respect, and the landowners have sometimes closed the area. During our visit we will set an example for others to follow, including maintaining silence while on the trail from the parking area to the point where the trail crosses the fire road.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 22 Sep 04

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 29 Sep 04

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class B uniform.
  • Standard day hiking gear.
  • Lunch and water.
  • Climbing helmet if you have one.
  • Climbing harness if you have one.
  • Locking carabiner if you have one. You will not have an opportunity to use other personal climbing equipment.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • Climbing gear.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Map. Smarts Mountain Quad. Topozone

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Maynard Street Parking Lot
    Drop-off Time: 0900 Sat 2Oct
    Pickup Point: Maynard Street Parking Lot
    Pickup Time: Approx 1400 Same Day

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Paul F

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Brown
  • Mr. Young
  • Mr. Fitzmaurice
  • Mr. Smith

    Approved TPS 1 Oct 04

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