Spire 2 - Organizers Guide
WEEKEND OVERVIEW & GOALS
PLANNING THE WEEKEND
Three weeks prior:
Update volunteer survey for current year
Send volunteer survey out to Instructor List
Assign roles and responsibilities (including ERP team).
Week of the trip:
Make announcement to the students at the Tuesday night class before the field trip.
Send out student / instructor packets
Day before the trip:
Arrange for food with the restaurant.
Make sure coffee and snacks are ordered for set up crew.
Map & Driving Directions:
Sprinker Recreation Center
700 Military Road East
Tacoma, WA 98444
From I-5, take exit 127 following the Mt. Rainier / Puyallup signs to Highway 512 going East. Take the second exit (Parkland/Spanaway-Pacific Ave) and at the stop light turn right onto Pacific Ave (SR 7). Head South for 2.7 miles then turn right on Military Road (152nd St.) Sprinker Center is 1 1/2 blocks down on the right.
From the East:
Go West on Highway 512. Take the Mt. Rainier / Highway 7 exit and follow the off ramp around to your left. At the stoplight turn left onto Pacific Ave. Go South on Pacific Ave for 2.7 miles and turn right on Military Road (152nd St.) Sprinker Center is 1 1/2 blocks down on the right.
As you enter the parking lot, SPIRE Rock is located to the far left of the facility between the ball fields and Breseman Forest.
STUDENT GEAR LIST
YOU MUST HAVE ALL ITEMS ON GEAR LIST IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE.
✓ Rain Gear (pants / shell)
✓ Warm layers – gloves, hat, balaclava, extra socks, etc
✓ Base / mid layers
✓ Mountaineering Boots (required)
✓ First Aid Kit
✓ Sun Protection – lip balm, SPF, sunglasses, hat, etc
✓ Snacks / lunch
✓ Practice Rope
✓ Personal Anchor
✓ Locking Biners (3)
✓ Non-locking Biners (4)
✓ ATC / Rappel Device
✓ All Runners (2x single, 1x double, chest harness)
✓ Texas Prusik System – (foot & waist) – OR 20ft of 5-7mm perlon
✓ Auto-block (5mm perlon loop with double fisherman)
✓ Personal Prusik (6mm perlon loop with double fisherman)
✓ Skills Checklist (included on the next page)
✓ Pen / Pencil
✓ Cash for post climb festivities
There will not be a pack check this weekend, but please note if you do not have everything on the list you will not be able to participate in the weekend.
CLASS / GROUP GEAR
Gear list for the falling climber
Direct drop system
3xhalf ropes (one belay, one haul, one to lift the rig) – all cut up after – this is one more than I previously listed.
Pulleys (in the gear bag, two for the top, one for redirect if avail)
Headstock with quick links (I will bring)
Webbing for top anchor – to be destroyed.
z-pulley Hauling system (not shock loaded):
1x long rope for hauling (not shock loaded, should be an old one if possible)
1x short cordalette or long cord (mariner hitch for quick release) – gets pretty beat up, should be destroyed after.
2x glacier pulleys to build the z,
2x carabineers for attaching pulleys,
1x anchor webbing to attach one end of the z,
1x cord for attaching other end of the z to the haul rope with friction knot
1x webbing for ground anchor for belayer
Assorted gloves for belayer and for haulers
Additional Instructor Gear
Instructors, please bring extra gear; radios, first aid kits, stoves, clothes, food, etc in case of emergencies.
Group leaders bring watch and whatever extra gear you can.
STUDENT SKILLS CHECKLIST / STATION NOTES
Glacier Rope-Up: 2014 Station Notes
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
INSTRUCTOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Inspire confidence! Inspire correct technique! Maintain a level head to keep students calm!
Perform back-up belays for all students. Pay attention to correct belay technique, remembering that the WAC Way is PBUS for belaying with an ATC. Slip-slap-slide is okay for belaying with a Munter.
Perform back-up (fireman belay) on rappels if necessary.
Focus on repetition and really getting the students comfortable with the rope-up process
Practice the running belay / passing the protection
Map & Compass
Review & reinforce map-reading & navigation skills, including understanding features of a map, taking and following a bearing, etc.
Make this fun! Be creative.
Practice Texas Prusik system, including one climb with pack suspended below climber
Prior to trip: Reach out to the students in your group to answer any questions they have and to ensure they have all necessary gear.
Day of trip: Bring a watch and tarp if you have one. Check-in the students at the parking lot. Pack-check (recruit other instructors to assist). The Group Leader stays with their group throughout all 7 stations. Organizers will give a 10 minutes warning for station changes, in that time group leaders will need to wrangle their students and start getting them organized and moving towards the next station. On SPIRE students can get stuck on top waiting to rappel at times so this is an important thing to take into consideration to keep everyone on schedule.
Be aware of how your students are doing, keep track of what skills they need work on
Make sure they are eating and drinking
After the trip: Submit a student feedback report about the students in your group. Follow up with students in your group to make sure the trip went well for them and to answer any additional questions/concerns they may have.
CONTACT INFORMATION / RESOURCES
Co-Chairs will have permit - organizers need to make sure they have a printed copy on site.
2013 SPIRE 2 organizers:
MultiCare Spanaway Urgent Care (8am-4pm)
225 176th St. South, Spanaway WA
Phone Number: 253-0459-7770
Head South on C Street South toward 149th St. S - 0.3 miles
Turn left onto Military Road S - 0.2 miles
Take the 1st right onto Pacific Ave. South - 1.5 mies
Turn right on WA-704 / 176th South, destination will be on the right - 315 ft.
Click HERE for 2013 ERP. Make sure all content and contacts are up to date prior to the weekend. 2014 ERP attached below.
Click HERE for Incident report form.
Click HERE for SOAP Notes Form.
CRISIS PLAN INITIATION:
Click HERE for chain of command / initiation tree