Jamie Sarafan

Staff writer

Where else but at CC can students go on a fun-filled two-day course to enrich their skills and become certified as climbing guides for school trips?

This past weekend, eight intrepid Colorado College climbers and three leaders set out to Matakut Dome for Level II Climbing Leader Training.

The goal of this course is to prepare the next generation of CC ORC Climbing Leaders by helping learn new skills to take them to next level in the discipline of climbing.

This technical skills intensive weekend was basically a condensed American Mountain Guides Association Single-Pitch Instructor course.

Sophomore Michael Kauzman, senior Hannah Trim, and I functioned as instructors because we have completed the AMGA course and were excited to share our passion for climbing and the ORC with others.

Friday afternoon was spent at the popular local climbing area Red Rocks Open Space, where the students went over instructional sport climbing set ups and how to manage a large group in a climbing setting.

The next two days were spent camping at Matakut Dome, about an hour and a half from the Springs. None of the students had been to this little-known area and were all excited to climb and explore the beautiful area as well as to learn and practice more advanced skills.

The curriculum covered everything from top-managed sites to rescue skills such as pick-offs and haul systems. Many of the students were especially interested in the rescue skills to improve personal climbing as well as leading with the ORC.

In order to participate in this training, perspective climbing leaders need to have completed Backcountry Level I training, be lead certified at the Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym, and have attended a series of three clinics, offered each block: Knots and Hitches, Sport Cleaning, and Introduction to Anchor Building.

These courses are each valuable in enabling climbing and leading to progress to the next level, so get on it!

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