*Courtesy of: http://efclimbers.net/events/

The next climbing camps:

Updated May 5th, 2014:

August 25th-31st, Driftless Area of the Upper Midwest  (Click Here to Register)

Directions to camps will not be posted online so the only way to get directions to camp are to RSVP. Include in your RSVP:

    groups you have worked with
    what climbing experience you already have
    what (if any) climbing gear you will be bringing

EF! Climbers Guild hosts climbing camps across the US. In General things to consider when coming to a camp are;

What to bring:

Pack like you’re going camping, sleeping bag, tent, rain gear.

You want to have good climb shoes- these are any shoe with a stiff sole. While some people can climb in sandals, I wouldn’t recommend it. And about climbing barefoot- like most things in life, the fantasy is better than the reality. It hurts.

Gloves- i find that bike gloves are great, but anything snug and flexible will work.        Blisters = slower climbing

Pants that you can climb and be comfortable in. This means loose or stretchy and breathable material.

Your own climb gear. While this is certainly not required, if you have it, bring it! And if you’ve been wanting to invest, carpe diem! There really is no time like the present. We are not sure exactly what and how much gear we will have, so the more people provide their own gear, the less the likelihood of waiting to use communal gear. Remember, one of the most important pieces of gear you can bring for yourself, and a piece of gear that is always in short supply is a HELMET.

Food. Not all EF! Guild camps have communal kitchens. Look at the page for the specific event to see if you need to provide all of your own food or what food will be provided. Like all Earth First events, you should come prepared to be self sufficient. If there is a communal kitchen, please consider bringing vegan food to donate to the kitchen.  Also, bring what you know that you need to sustain yourself for a week. i.e. if you know you need chocolate everyday in the afternoon, throw it in your personal food bucket.

 A requested donation of $30-$100 for the week. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 What we will provide:

Climb gear. If you do not have your own gear, we can provide gear for the week but there is a chance you may be sitting around waiting to use a shared harness where as, if you bring your own gear you will never have to wait for communal gear to become available.

 Knowledgeable trainers.

A typical agenda for a camp covers:

    Basic climbing and Rope Anchoring
    Traverses and Tree to Tree transfers (sky walking)
    Basic Structure rigging and Haul systems
    Tri Bi and Mono Pods
    Advanced Structure rigging
    Large scale, occupied banner deployment
    Basic rescue and training set ups.

To climb at the camp you will have to sign a waiver of liability and recognize that what we are doing is dangerous. We are willing to share our climbing knowledge but not willing to accept responsibility if anyone hurts themselves. Along this same line, at the camp the trainers have veto power over everything climbing related and can ask anyone to leave the camp if they feel they are not acting in a safe manner or are behaving in a disruptive manner. Remember, you are done climbing for the day as soon as you crack a beer or use any type of drug.

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