The AAC Triangle Chapter organizes climbing education clinics and informal social events.
Rappelling Best Practices
Hands-on discussion and practice of the AAC “best practices” for rappelling. Technique is learned on the ground, then participants climb to the top of the wall and rappel down to practice. This clinic is for those that want to learn best practices for rappelling.
Gym To Crag
A discussion of the additional skills and concerns surrounding climbing outdoors. Topics include local ethics, gear, and mitigating risks. This is the primer for the skills clinics that follow.
Two Bolt Anchors: The QUad
Hands-on discussion and practice of solid anchor setup. The Quad anchor and other common two-bolt anchor setups are covered. Cliff edge safety is discussed. This clinic is for climbers that want to set up a top rope anchor outside.
Two Bolt Anchors: Cleaning And Lowering
Hands-on discussion and practice of how to remove gear (clean) and lower from the anchors after a climb. This clinic is for those who want to learn best practices for cleaning bolted top anchors outside.
In development: Knots
We're working on creating a climbing knots clinic! Check back later for dates and locations.
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January 9 | 6:30 PM – 9 PM | TRC- N. Raleigh
Learn the basics of rock climbing in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Class size is kept to a minimum to allow for individualized instruction. All climbing gear is provided. Register at REI.com/learn.
January 19 | 9AM – 3PM | Pilot Mountain
If you’ve only climbed inside or you’re looking to explore rock climbing for the first time, this is your opportunity to practice with professional rock climbing instructors. All necessary gear provided by REI. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Register at REI.com/learn.
Sunday, January 20 | 1PM – 4PM | Blue Jay Point County Park
Join a professional REI climbing instructor to practice knots, and discuss anchoring principles, material strengths, and equalizing the forces applied to an anchor. All gear provided by REI. This class focuses on elements and principles of anchors, not on climbing movement. Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing or equivalent experience required. Register at REI.com/learn.
January 23 | 6:30PM – 8PM | Big Boss Brewing Company
Enjoy a social learning atmosphere and a delicious craft brew (on us!). We’ll focus on knots and hitches in this fun rope skills outing.
January 26 | 8AM – 12PM | Pilot Mountain
REI’s professional rock climbing instructors will guide you through the experience of climbing, clipping into an anchor and rappelling back to the ground. Class size is limited to ensure individualized learning and the opportunity to climb/rappel multiple times.
January 26 | 1PM – 5 PM | Pilot Mountain
Learn how to escape a belay setup, ascend to aid an injured climber and lower both climber and rescuer. No climber should be without these skills. Bring your personal harness to practice using your own equipment. REI provides all other gear.
Saturday & Sunday, February 2-3 | 8 AM – 5 PM (both days) | Cary REI
In just two days, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This two-day certification course is ideal for both outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who spend time in remote areas.