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Scale cliffs, creep up rocks and conquer mountains through the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ climbing school.
The education in endurance begins March 23 and runs through May 2. Classes are held Saturdays in April and Monday nights from March 23 through April.
Monday sessions are classroom lectures and demonstrations and the Saturday sessions will take students to various locations around White Rock to climb and practice various climbing skills.
The last Saturday session will be the graduation climb. This all-day event will take place at a climbing area in northern New Mexico. Students will lead belay and instruct, then follow up a multi-pitch sport climb.
Bill Giest, director of this year’s climbing school, said there are several focuses for the school.
“One of which is to learn to rock climb,” he said. “And we also teach the safety aspect of climbing. And we also give an introduction to sport and traditional climbing and then a little bit on general mountaineering,” Giest said.
Some of the techniques that students will learn include belaying, repelling and lead belaying.
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