Beginning Rock Climbing

 

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BEGINNING ROCK CLIMBING (PEAC 1176A)

Department of Sport Science & Physical Education, Idaho State University


Happy ClimberSUMMARY

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Course: Beginning Rock Climbing (PEAC 1176A)

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Semesters: Fall & Spring Semester (Half Semester Course)

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Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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Where: Reed Gym Climbing Wall/Ross Park Climbing Area

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Instructor: Peter Joyce

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Email:  joycpete@isu.edu 

 


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How to Rock Climb by John Long

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION


Designed for students with little or no climbing experience. Class covers basic climbing skills including knot tying, belaying, rappelling, top rope anchor systems, and safety procedures.

 

TARGETED STANDARDS

 

The Sports Science and Physical Education Department’s Outdoor Education curriculum at Idaho State is based on a foundation of five nationally recognized standards.  The following standard applies to this course:  

 

Standard #5  Outdoor Education Experiential Skills and Field Experience Outdoor educators understand the techniques, equipment and safety procedures associated with a variety of outdoor skills; have taken ample opportunity to learn, practice and refine outdoor skills; and have gained practical experience in leading outdoor activities and/or teaching outdoor skills.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES


Objective 1 (Academic Objective): To gain an understanding of, and appreciation of the principles of Leave No Trace and how to apply them to the rock climbing activity.

Objective 1 Learning Outcomes - By the end of the course, students will:

1a. List the seven principles of Leave No Trace.

1b. Describe the seven principles of Leave No Trace.

1c. Explain how to apply the seven principles of Leave No Trace to a rock climbing activity.

Objective 2 (Academic Objective):  To gain an understanding of the proper techniques for using rock climbing equipment: harness, shoes, belay device, carabiner, anchors. Understand the limitations of rock climbing equipment.

Objective 2 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

2a.  Demonstrate the correct uses of rock climbing equipment.
2b.  Be able to build a top rope anchor system.
2c.  Explain the proper care of a rope and climbing harness.
2d.  Explain the differences between and when to use a static and dynamic rope.
2e.  Explain the limitations of rock climbing equipment.

Objective 3 (Motor Skill Objective):  To understand the principles of knot tying and be able to tie a figure eight follow through knot and a Munter hitch.

Objective 3 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

3a.  Explain the principles of knot tying.
3b.  Demonstrate the correct technique of tying a figure eight follow through knot.
3c.  Demonstrate the correct technique of tying a Munter hitch.

Objective 4 (Motor Skill Objective):  To learn the techniques of belaying a climber.

Objective 4 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:


4a.  Demonstrate the correct technique of belaying a climber with a belay device and a Munter hitch.
4b.  Explain the communication process between a climber and belayer.
4c.  Demonstrate belaying a falling climber.
4d.  Explain the principles of belaying and the use of an anchor while belaying.

Objective 5 (Motor Skill Objective):  To be able to rappel from various heights.

Objective 5 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

5a.  Demonstrate the techniques of rappelling with a rappel device and a Munter hitch.
5b.  Describe how to conduct a “safety check” before rappelling.
5c.  Demonstrate the ability to belay a rappelling climber.

Objective 6 (Motor Skill Objective):  To be able construct a top rope anchor using fixed anchors and “traditional” anchor building equipment.

Objective 6 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

6a.  Describe the principles of building a top rope anchor.
6b.  Demonstrate building a top rope anchor using “fixed anchors”.
6c.  Demonstrate building a top rope anchor using “traditional” anchor building equipment.


GRADING


Grades for this course are determined by using a point system.  The final grade is reached by adding points from three components:

Total Number of Points Possible:  100 pts


Grading Example

As an example of how grades are determine, let’s say that a student in the course attends 5 out of the possible 7 total class sessions; and they receive 20 pts. on the skill assessment test.  Here’s how the grade would be calculated:

  • Attendance and Participation  5 x 10 =  50  pts.
  • Skill Assessment  20 pts.

Total Points:  50 + 20 = 70
Percentage Grade: 70/ 100 =  70%
Letter Grade - Using the ISU grading scale (below):  C-

 

GRADING SCALE
A         93-100             C+       77-79               D-        60-62
A-        90-92               C         73-76               F          60-below
B+       87-89               C-        70-72
B         83-86               D+       67-69
B-        80-82               D         63-66

 

PHYSICAL EFFORT INVOVED IN THIS CLASS


This class takes place at Ross Park climbing area. To participate, you need to be physically able to climb rock cliffs up to 50 feet high.  In addition to climbing you will be hiking over rocky terrain. 

 

 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require “reasonable accommodation” on the part of the instructor, please call the Director, ADA & Disabilities Resource Center, 282-3599.  As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation.

 


COURSE SCHEDULE (ALIGNED WITH COURSE OBJECTIVES)

PEAC 1176A-01: Beginning Rock Climbing
Unit Plan/Course Outline


DAY

COURSE TOPIC

OBJECTIVES & LEARNING OUTCOMES

1

Warm ups, climbing techniques, bouldering, knot tying and belaying.
Introduction to Leave No Trace

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4
Learning Outcomes: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d

2

Climbing activity, Leave No Trace,
Climbing ratings

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d

3

Rappelling, Leave No Trace

Objectives 1, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 5a, 5b, 5c

4

Climbing activity, Munter Hitch, Leave No Trace, States of mind discussion

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d

5

Anchor Building, Leave No Trace

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c

6

Anchor building, Leave No Trace

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Anchor building, Leave No Trace

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Skills assessment

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Learning Outcomes: 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

 


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