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Climber Survey: Help Us Improve the AAC · September 3, 2013


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One Response to “Climber Survey: Help Us Improve the AAC”
  1. Scott McNamara says:

    To my mind “access” is the most important issue we face today.

    The Access Fund is doing a pretty good job. I strongly support them and I do not think the Club should duplicate their efforts.

    But in this respect I think the Club can benefit itself and become relevant to the larger community by training responsible climbing. I think this can only be done indirectly.

    Right now the Club is trying to become more relevant, but it is slightly embarrassing to watch the AAC rep in our gym inviting people to free beer and getting no takers.

    It is well understood that more people are climbing. It is well understood they are leaving rock gyms climbing hard—but without an outdoor skill set.

    The hard climbing urban gym rat will turn up their nose at the first hint of solicitation, mentors, safety classes or AAC Commander McBrag––gym rats bullshit detectors are frequently set on high gain.

    But have you noticed that the blind date of climbing “meet-ups” are becoming increasingly popular?

    I would like to see the Club leading weekly outings in the major climbing towns via the meet-up connection.

    Each local weekly outing features a particular skill set demonstrated by way of the actual climbing: off width, hand drilling, Bosch drilling, steep hard sport climbing, jugging, self rescue, aid, ice, mixed, first ascents, visits to new climbing/bouldering area lead by the persons who put up the routes and etc.

    The Club member teaching must be a master or have recruited the local master of whatever skill set is offered and demonstrated by way of the actual climbing to be done on that outing.

    In this way, newer climbers get mentors, safety instruction, ethics indirectly as a by product of the outing. The teaching of these things is never mentioned.

    For example, Chris McNamara climbs a simple aid route under the auspices and liability shield of the Club. A Club member belays. Chris teaches by doing and sets the example of how someone with a high skill level behaves. Access, safety, ethics gets addressed. Chris gets some slaves for a day and a one year membership. Maybe he will re-new the following year.

    The Club needs a cadre of cool.