Rock Climbing Adventure Day 11/21/06

Rock Climbing Adventure Day 11/21/06

Jenn Huff REC 441: Outdoor Education Program Development Project 11/21/06 Rock Climbing Adventure Day Setting: Lifetime Fitness Eagan Rock Wall, Gym, & Outside Field Program’s purpose: To teach students the proper techniques and skills associated with rock climbing including knots, safety, and inspection of equipment and to incorporate the information into some fun interactive activities. Participant population: Fifteen 7th graders Participant outcomes: The students will be able to tie a figure 8 and back up knot in less than two minutes after being given proper instruction.

The students will display understanding of rock climbing equipment, belay terms, knot tying and climbing after the program on a team scavenger trivia game.

The students will show an increase in positive attitude and team work after the day’s activities. Participant equipment list:  Water bottle  Athletic shoes  Comfortable athletic clothes  Bag lunch & snack  Sunscreen  Bug Spray Group equipment list:  Rock climbing wall  Gym  Outside field area  Kernmantel rope  harnesses  Carabineers  Belay devices  Chalk  Cones  Water jug  Rock climbing books  First Aid Kit  Signed parent permission slips  Signed rock climbing waivers

 Any student medication  Hula hoops  Cones  Mats  Koosh balls  Scooters Services Offered:  History of rock climbing  Safety & inspection of equipment  Learn the different types of rock climbing and when they are used.  Equipment knowledge  Belay terms  Knot tying  Climbing holds & moves  Bouldering  Top rope climbing  Teamwork Resources needed:  Lifetime Fitness Eagan Rock Wall & Gym  $45 fee per student  One chaperone per a group at no charge  Additional non-climbing chaperone at no charge  Both adults must be Lifetime Fitness belay certified  1 to 8 ratio required for this activity  If a bus was needed to transport the students, it is $300 for about an 8 hour day plus mileage costs – Positive Connections 952- 465-0088 Contact Information Ricki Groskreutz – Member Activities Dept Head Lifetime Fitness Eagan 651-688-2370 Rock Climbing Adventure Day Lesson Plan Name/Instructor: Jennifer Huff & Parent Chaperone Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Location: Lifetime Fitness Eagan Rock Wall, Gym, & Outside Field Grade Level: Fifteen 7th graders Equipment: Rock climbing wall, kernmantel rope, harnesses, carabineers, belay devices, first Aid Kit, signed parental permission slips, signed rock climbing waivers Objectives: To teach students the fundamentals of rock climbing, including knots, belay terms, and equipment knowledge and incorporate the information into some fun interactive activities.

Time 9:00 – 9:15 9:15 – 9:45 9:45 – 10:25 10:25 – 10:30 10:30 – 10:45 10:45 – 11:45 11:45 – 12:10 Activity Arrival & Check in – Parents will drop off students at Lifetime Fitness with signed permission slips and climbing waivers Introductions – Go around and have everyone introduce themselves. Cover the day’s lesson plan and go over rock climbing safety issues. Have each student say one rule they think should be used on the wall. Brief History of Rock Climbing Go over the different types of rock climbing: top rope climbing, lead climbing, free solo climbing, and bouldering.

Go over when each type is used and which ones we will be doing (top rope & bouldering).

Teach students the names of all the devices we will be using for the day and what they are used for. Also cover the different types of devices that there are, ex. Belay devices, when to use a double or triple lock one? Go over belay terms Climber says “On Belay” Belayer says “Belay is on” Climber says “Climbing” Belayer says “Climb on” Once done covering all the logistics have the students do a quick review to make sure they understand.

Water & Bathroom Break Knot Tying – Teach students how to tie a Figure 8 and Follow up knot, make sure each student has a piece of rope to practice on. Knot Relay Race – Take the students outside where you have cones set up 25 feet from each other, with 3 in a line each. Break up the students into 5 groups of 3 each. The students start at one cone and grab a harness and put it on correctly, they then run to the next cone and grab a carabineer and attach it to their harness. Next they run to the last cone and grab the piece of rope and tie a figure 8 and back up knot onto the carabineer. They finally run back and tag the next person.

This is a fun way for the students to show they understand how the tie the knots and put on their harness.

Climbing Holds & Moves – Teach the students chimmey, edge, hand jam, jamming, layback, mantel, smear, stem, and undercling. Make sure to show each one and let the students try before moving onto the next one.

12:10 – 12:15 12:15 – 12:45 12:45 – 1:15 1:15 – 2:15 2:15 – 3:15 3:15 – 3:30 3:30 – 4:00 4:00 – 4:30 4:30– 4:45 4:45 – 5:00 Water & Bathroom Break Bouldering – Begin teaching how to boulder to the students making sure they have a spotter and they don’t go higher than shoulder height. This allows them to practice the different types of climbing holds and moves while remaining close to the ground Lunch – Bring the students outside for lunch, have some rope, equipment, and books lying out for the students to look at.

Top rope climbing – After the students have learned all the terms and different types of holds and moves we will strap them in and let them work on the wall. The easiest routes will be open first for them to practice the different moves and holds and see how they feel when higher on the wall.

Climbing & Bouldering – Let the students choose which routes they would like to go on to try the different holds and moves. Also when they waiting for a belayer have them practice different bouldering routes. Snack, Water, & Bathroom Break Rock Climbing Obstacle Course – While the students are having snack set up the gym with hula hoops, cones, mats, koosh ball toss, and scooters. Go through and show the students each part of the obstacle course so they understand what to do. Break them into two different teams. Each student will put on their harness and the teacher will check to make sure each one is on correctly.

The students will then race through the obstacle course and go up the rock wall and back before tagging the next person on their team to go. Free Climb – Allow the students to try any routes they would like or work on their bouldering or knot tying ability. Have some fun with the students and let them go on the incline route so they swing back. On this route give them koosh balls for them to try to get in the hula hoops. Review – Get all the students together in a half circle and review what they learned for the day and say what their favorite activity was. Clean up – Have the students help put the equipment away and get all their belongings together for when their parents pick them up.

Risk Management: Human Factors

Upon arrival we will go over safety issues on the rock wall and within the facility and what is expected of the students.  We will discuss what to do if the student becomes lost.  Give each student a name tag and assign each student a partner.  Make sure a class list and student emergency folder is with you at all times.  Make sure each adult has a cell phone  Always have water & a first aid kit with you  Leave the original permission slips with the school and bring copies with you. Environmental Factors Since most of the day we will be inside if there happens to be bad weather our outdoor activities will be moved to the gym.

Send out a parent permission slip that includes the following information before the trip:  Date & information of the field trip  Educational purpose of the field trip  Provision for special needs  Cost  Clothing  Lunch arrangements  Trip Schedule  Medication information  Emergency contact information  Parent signature  Climbing waiver Leader Qualifications/Certifications:  Two adults will be needed on this trip because Lifetime Fitness Requires a 1 to 8 ratio on the climbing wall.  Each adult must be Lifetime Fitness Belay Certified. If they are belay certified they will just need to be tested by a Lifetime Staff to check their skills.

Sources: Bunting, C. J. (2006). Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education. Champaign: Human Kinetics