Outdoor Session 3: Socorro


Saturday, April 21, 2018; 7:00 am to all day

Meeting Place

K¬mart Parking Lot
(2100 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110)

Session Activities

Review past skills (as necessary)
New skills:
● Lead ­belaying
● Demonstration of escape ­the ­belay, with possible practice

Pre-session Preparation

Study the lead belay portion of the handbook and view the demonstration videos.

Review previously taught skills in the handbook.

Climber-Rating Qualification Form

All skills, with exception of #10 (multi-­pitch), should be signed off by the end of this Session.

The entire class will be at this Saturday’s session. The approach will be shorter than Lower La Cueva, but still a hike while carrying community gear. Good shoes will be required for scrambling on rocks during the approach. It is anticipated that all Qualification Form sign-­offs will be completed by early afternoon, and everybody will have an opportunity to rock­-climb at the crag.

What to Bring

* All: Bring your helmet, personal climbing gear, climbing shoes, lunch, water, rain jacket, extra
layer, headlamp, pack large enough to also carry communal gear, appropriate hiking shoes
* Students: Bring your Rating Form to all sessions; Be prepared to demonstrate all of the knots
and skills; Please contact your Leader, Tim, or Brian with any questions


From the meeting place, we'll break up into carpools to head Spook Canyon, located in The Box climbing areas of Socorro.  Turnoff is just prior to the main climbing area.  There is a short section of dirt road recommended for drivers with a vehicle with additional ground clearance, such as a Suburu Outback or similar vehicle.  Vehicle with 4x4 not necessary, and low clearance sedans are not recommended.  If there is a shortage of drivers with capable vehicles, we'll plan on shuttling from a nearby parking location.  See map for both locations.