Summer Climbs

In the past few months, I haven’t posted much on here about the Post’s activities, but a lot has been going on.

Conditioning hikes help students prepare for climbs, get to know the other students and advisers they will be climbing with, learn how their gear will perform, and get used steeper terrain. This year, conditioning hikes began around the end of March/ beginning of April with hikes up Angel’s Rest and Dog Mountain. Hikes continued into June on many of our sunny and not-so-sunny weekends.

Image courtesy of Caroline Williams. Original Work. (Dog Mountain Hike 2016)
Image courtesy of Caroline Williams. Original Work. (Dog Mountain Hike 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As April turned into May, we began the first of many mountain climbs this season. Originally, the plan was for fifteen trips from late April into September. Unfortunately, since the weather has been difficult this season, we have made it up fewer summits than we hoped. Some climbs were rescheduled, while others forced us to turn around part way up. However, even on climbs where we failed to reach the summit, we have had a lot of fun and made new memories. In mountain climbing, summits are never guaranteed, so the process is a big part of the fun.

Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to hikes and mountain climbs, we’ve also had some other types of trips happening, including smith rocks trips, snow school, and a skills session. Later this summer we have more mountain climbs and two backpacking trips. The season isn’t over yet — happy climbing!

December 2015 Climb Night

The last climb night of 2015 at the Portland Rock gym was great! Returning members showed the ropes to some new members, teaching them how to tie a figure 8 knot through ghost abuse (make a ghost, choke it, and poke it through the eye) and belaying them as they climbed some 5.7s and 5.8s for three hours. It was so nice.

 

-Caleigh Warner and Katie Woodhouse

 

Image by Caleigh Warner. Original Work. (Climb Night Dec 2015)

 

 

Spring Break Trip!

Spring Break trip 2013 is coming up March 23-31. This year it will be in Pinnacles in California. The spring break trip is a fantastic way to bond with Postees and improve your climbing skills.
Spring break

First group leaves for CANADA!

-News Update-

Woohoo!The first group is about to leave for CANADA!! Hope they have a great trip!

Want to know what the Canada Trip is all about? Check out some pics on the “past adventures” tab or ask an older Postee. Who knows maybe you will feel adventurous enough to try it next year!

Leading On Rock is Right Around the Corner!

Leading on rock is a course designed to teach students how to advance their rock climbing skills by placing their own protection, and putting up the rope for other climbers. Even better, students learn how to lead in a safe, controlled manner and by the end of the course they will be certified to lead climbs on their own. This is a serious course which consists of 2 classroom sessions( Feb 27th, and March 1st) emphasizing the safety and procedures to leading. After these sessions there are 2 climbing sessions outside (March 3rd and 4th). This course is serious but it will still be a lot of fun!

*sign ups for this years course have already happened but if you are interested make sure to get your name on the list next year*

**this course is not for beginners

Smith Rocks!!

Our annual Smith Rock trip will kick off the year’s outings with some fun-filled climbing in Central Oregon’s rocky oasis. Postees with absolutely no experience in climbing are more than encouraged to come on this weekend getaway!
When: October 22-23

What: Two days of awesome climbing with your friends! No experience required!

How: Come to the October member meeting on the 10th to sign up!