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Date Thursday  2/6/2020
Group State CMC
Event Title TCS Basic Climbing Equivalency
Start Time 6:30 PM
End Time 7:30 PM
Status Approved
Leader Doug Maiwurm
Group Price $10.00
NonGroup Price $10.00
Leader Price $10.00
Available Participants 4
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


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Equivalency is for experienced climbers who have not taken CMC Climbing courses.  It's an opportunity for those climbers to waive out CMC' Basic Climbing class to gain access to more advanced CMC climbing courses and parpticipate in CMC Top-Rope Climbing Trips. 

You will be expected to demonstrate proficiency (without any assistance or prompting) in the following areas taught in Basic Climbing in a style that conforms to current AMGA acceptable practices and reflects CMC instruction and safety standards:

  1. Proper Tie-In

  2. Climbing Commands & Partner Checks

  3. Good Belay Stance

  4. PBUS Belay Technique (ATC required, no GriGris)

  5. Climbing Ability (5.6 or above)

  6. Knots (Figure 8 Retrace, Double Overhand, Girth Hitch, Square Knot)

  7. Rope Coiling (Butterfly Coil and Backpackers Coil)

This is not just a belay test but a "responsible, knowledgeable and safe climber test". 

Please bring the following gear: harness, shoes, helmet, belay device, carabiners, safety leash

Here are video resources to help you review some of the material:



If you are not certain you could pass the proficiency test we encourage you to sign up for Basic Climbing.  Search Climbers who don't pass equivalency will be need to sign up for Basic Climbing. Please note that the CMC is a volunteer club, not a professional guide service or climbing school. The equivalency process allows us to get to know you better and for you to become connected to the CMC climbing community.

Basic Climbing is a prerequisite for the following Technical Climbing School Courses:

  • Intermediate Rock Climbing
  • Advanced Snow
  • Basic Ice Climbing

Cancellation Policy



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.