Devin from the OAC kindly organized an anchoring workshop for us today, and even called on a couple people from the Chicago Mountaineering Club to share their gear and help demonstrate the dozens of ways to set up anchors and ropes.
So we met at the Point – been a while since I was last there (Dave K’s BBQ last summer), and while it was a gorgeous day sun-wise, it was freezing cold. It’s April, spring, but it was freeeeeezing. Think high 30s F (around 3-4 deg C), and strong biting winds.
Though it was an intro class of sorts, half of our group were pretty experienced climbers, with multi-pitch climbs under their belts. Everyone had a ton of fun though; for my part, I learned a lot, and am newly inspired to master lead climbing and do more climbs outdoors. 😀
Jamie showing Angela and I how to set up a top rope
Breaking up into groups to practice setting up the anchors
Devin demonstrating his cool rope system
Andy pretending to be the casualty while we practised taking him off belay and leaving him to languish…
Brett the slackline genius