Why does MITOC need climbing leaders?
Climbing is inherently dangerous. We want to make sure our leaders are prepared to lead climbing trips safely. This also allows for prospective climbing leaders to co-lead trips with leaders and to later become a full leader.
What are the leader benefits?
- Free gear rental from MITOC for trips they lead, including ropes, quick draws, belay devices, and bouldering pads.
- Course subsidy for your Wilderness First Aid certification (WFA, WAFA, WFR, WEMT) for every 2 trips led
- Course subsidy for a Self Rescue course for every 2 trips led
Note:Trips must be announced (on the mailing list) as well as posted to the trip signup at minimum 4 days before the trip goes out. These incentives are intended to meet new people and teach new skills, not to simply have a cheaper ride for your friends. Any trip not adhering to this policy will not be reimbursed (at the discretion of the climbing chair). The climbing chair must be notified of any trips lead as well as the number of participants.
How do I become a leader?
Due to the inherit risk involved in climbing and the variety of skills required, MITOC uses a leader rating system with different categories for different styles of climbing. MITOC leaders should be experienced and comfortable in the styles that they are rated for.
I want become a leader but I’m not ready yet
The best way to learn all the skills necessary is to co-lead some trips with leaders or the climbing chair. Let us know if you’re interested!