Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Safe Harbor PA
  • 6


  • This clinic is targeted at climbers who already know how to lead climb and lead belay at a gym.

    Participants are also expected to know how to rappel.

Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition

-For Indoor Sport Climbers Looking to Get Outside-

Event Description:

This clinic is for sport climbers who have limited or no experience leading sport routes outside and would like to learn how to safely transition to outside sport leading.  Participants should know how to rappel!

The major items covered will be outdoor sport climbing equipment, the differences between routes indoors and outdoors, clipping positions, fall zones, belaying and catching outdoors, different types of top anchors and cleaning the route from the anchors to the bolts.

We'll also have a discussion on proper outdoor crag etiquette and Leave No Trace principles.

The venue for this event is Safe Harbor, PA.  It's about 1.5-2 hr drive to this sunny sport crag.  It's a great cool-to-cold weather location.

Please note the carpool location is the I-95 commuter lot.  Meet time is 07:30 to carpool up to Safe Harbor PA.  We should wrap up around 4-5pm.,-76.9554575,15.64z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x630df5164dc2139b!8m2!3d39.0150324!4d-76.9529414?hl=en

Skills required:

Ability to lead belay and sport climb indoors.  Ability to rappel.  Class participants should have completed 20 indoor leads and be proficient climbing 5.8.

Equipment required:

Harness, climbing shoes, chalk bag, belay device and locking carabiner, and 2 additional locking carabiners.  A helmet is also recommended (personal choice).  Quickdraws and a personal anchoring system (PAS) should be brought if you have them.  We will provide some gear for your use.

Directions to Event: 

Get on I-495 N in Tysons from Maple Ave E and Chain Bridge Rd
9 min (3.3 mi)
Continue on I-495 N. Take I-95 N to MD-543 N in 1, Abingdon. Take exit 80 from I-95 N
1 h 12 min (73.1 mi)
Take MD-136 N, PA-74 N, PA-372 E and Hilldale Rd to Green Hill Rd in Conestoga Township

PATC-MS Member Only policy:

This event is for members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-Mountaineering Section only, in good standing with liability waivers on file, unless otherwise stated. To join the club and enjoy its events and trainings, click here:
This will be strictly enforced by event leaders. Any person who shows up to an event that is not a member will not be able to participate in the event.

Cancellation Policy:

If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. This allows people on the wait list to join. If you fail to show for an event and do not cancel within 48 hours, you will be considered a no show. Club members who have 3 or more no shows will not be able to register for future events for a period of one year whether its due to failure to cancel or the person does not show up for the event at all.

If the event is rained out we will reschedule for Saturday, April 27. 

Leaders for this event:

Mattie Guey-Lee


Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.


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