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Rock Climbing School

The Rock Climbing School is offered from mid-April to early June every year.

The ECP Rock Climbing School is an introductory rope and rock course for beginning climbers taught by ECP volunteers.  Topics include use of equipment, development of climbing skills, and rigging for top-rope climbing.  Other types of rock climbing will be touched on, but not formally taught.  No prior experience or equipment is necessary.  Classes alternate between indoor classroom and outdoor sessions.

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SUMMARY

The ECP Rock Climbing School is an introductory rope and rock course for beginning climbers taught by ECP volunteers. Topics include use of equipment, development of climbing skills, and rigging for top-rope climbing.  Other types of rock climbing will be touched on, but not formally taught.  No prior experience or equipment is necessary.  Classes alternate between indoor classroom and outdoor sessions.

REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  • You must be an up-to-date, dues paying member of the ECP.  If you are not an ECP member, please complete a membership application (Join/Renew).

  • You must also review the schedule and be sure you can attend all sessions before submitting the application. If you cannot make all of the classroom AND outdoor sessions, please do not apply.  There are no make up sessions.


SCHEDULE

The 2020 schedule is now available.

Mandatory student class dates for School Year 2020

DescriptionDateLocation

Intro Party  6:30-10:00pm

(pick-up equipment, course materials, etc.)

Monday, April 6

TBD

Class 1, 6:30-9:30pm
(Invitation only)

Tuesday
April 14

The Climbing Wall

7501 Penn Ave Pittsburgh 15208

Outing 1, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday
April 18
Coopers Rock, WV
Rock City area
Class 2, 6:30-9:30pm
(Invitation only)
Tuesday
April 21
Wilkins Community Center (7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 - Room 13.) 
Outing 2, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday
April 25
Coopers Rock, WV
Roof Rocks area
Class 3, 6:30-9:30pm
(Invitation only)
 Tuesday
April 28
Wilkins Community Center (7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 - Room 13.)
Outing 3, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday
May 2
McConnells Mill State Park
Rim Road
Class 4, 6:30-9:30pm
(Invitation only)
Tuesday
May 5
Wilkins Community Center (7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 - Room 13.)
Outing 4, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday
May 9

Coopers Rock, WV
Sunset Wall area

Outing 5, 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday/Sunday
May 16-17

White Rocks

Fairchance, PA
(Camping Overnight)

Post-graduation Trip
(Invitation only)
Saturday/Sunday
May 30-31
Seneca Rocks, WV
(Camping Overnight - small fee)


APPLICATION

Questions:   Email the Directors

WHEN:   April 14, 2020 – May 31, 2020

COST:   $200 - includes training manual, some basic personal equipment that is yours to keep, rental fees for the club equipment and other fees.  In addition, a $50 deposit (separate check, please) is required for use of a club helmet and harness for the duration of  the class and will be refunded upon equipment return.

DEADLINE:   Thursday March 30, 2020

REQUIREMENTS: You must be

  • at least 18 years old.

  • You must also review the schedule and be sure you can attend all sessions before submitting the application. If you cannot make all of the classroom AND outdoor sessions, please do not apply.   There are no make up sessions!

  • If after reviewing and agreeing with the above requirements you are ready to submit an application, click on the link below to begin. (To preview the application- click on the link then use the "continue" and "back" buttons on each page, answering any required questions. Do not click "submit" on the last page of the application, simply close the browser window to exit)

DISCLAIMER: Admittance into the Rock Climbing School is competitive and class size is limited to 20 students maximum. Preference is given to active ECP members.  Once the class is filled, wait-listed applicants will have their PayPal refunded or have their uncashed checks destroyed or returned.   Although you can join or renew your membership to the ECP at the same time as submitting this application to the Rock Climbing School, payment of the ECP annual membership fee does not guarantee a place in the Rock Climbing School Class. If not admitted to the school, only your Rock Climbing School fee will be returned.

The Rock Climbing School relies on graduates returning in following years to volunteer their time and help run the program. We are seeking enthusiastic applicants that have an interest in becoming an active member of the ECP.

Adopting the motto "Research, Education, and Adventure" in 1947, for three generations the ECP has provided the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure.

Mailing Address:
5715 Beacon Street, No. 516
Pittsburgh, PA   15217

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