Mt. Erie - Organizers Guide
WEEKEND OVERVIEW & GOALS
<insert overview of weekend>
All instructors helping out this weekend should know how to do a safe inline belay backup, especially if you are a Group Leader or helping out at the Climbing Station. A more detailed video demo is here.
There is no pack check, but be advised that we may encounter any type of weather and there will be no food or water available on the mountain. Your level of comfort will be dependent on how well you are prepared.
<last year's packet had a weather forecast to underscore the necessity of being prepared>
Allow at least 1.5 hours to get from Seattle to the lower parking area. From there, it will take 20-30 minutes to shuttle everyone to the top.
Be at the lower parking lot no later than 7:30 a.m. with your gear. Group leaders need to be ON TOP by 7:30 and ready to meet their teams as they arrive.
There are limited restroom facilities at Erie; be prepared to possibly pack out any solid waste.
All climbing takes place at the Summit Wall.
PLANNING THE WEEKEND
Three weeks prior:
Update volunteer survey for current year
Send volunteer survey out to Instructor List
Determine if there are any events on the day of the class outing. Cascadeclimbers.com is a good source of info for this. Contact the event organizers to let them know. (e.g. Last year (2013), there was a work party on the same day as our field trip so organizers had to ensure that we weren't in the work party's way.)
Note that I (JL) already asked PatO this, and there is no event occurring on our field trip date
Week of the trip:
Make announcement to the students at the Tuesday night class before the field trip
Day before the trip:
Arrange for food with the restaurant
Day of trip:
The 2013 organizers created a list of tasks for the day
The 2013 organizers created a cheat sheet of tasks:
Map & Driving Directions:
North to Highway 20, West on Highway 20.
After about 12 miles, Hwy. 20 will turn to the left heading for Oak Harbor / Deception Pass.
After ~ 2 miles take a Y to the right onto Campbell Lake Road.
Proceed ~ 1 mile to Heart Lake Road, turn right. (Look for the country store)
Continue ~ 2 miles to another Y and bear right.
The parking area will be just past the road up the hill on your right.
There is very limited parking space on top. PARK at the parking lot at the bottom of Mt. Erie and shuttle to the top. Instructors will be giving students rides to the top. CARPOOL!
STUDENT GEAR LIST
Three locking carabiners
Four non-locking carabiners
Extra gear instructors should bring: <insert list>
CLASS / GROUP GEAR
All new ropes
Some (how many?) old 1/2 ropes to use as backup anchors
All locking carabiners
STUDENT SKILLS CHECKLIST / STATION NOTES
(At least four; one with your opposite hand)
☐ Belay 1 with ATC ☐ Belay 2 with Munter hitch
☐ Belay 3 with ATC ☐ Belay 4 with Munter hitch
(Must do all four)
☐ Climb 1 ☐ Climb 2
☐ Climb 3 ☐ Climb 4 with pack
☐ Climbing Signals
(At least one over the nose)
☐ ATC, right-handed ☐ Munter Hitch
☐ ATC, left-handed ☐ Leg wrap, mid-rappel
☐ Rappel with pack ☐ Rappel signals
(At the end of the day)
☐ Butterfly coil
(Some can be signed off as you climb; do the rest with an instructor while you're waiting to climb or rappel.)
☐ Harness ☐ Double fisherman's
☐ Re-woven figure eight ☐ Klemheist knot
☐ Figure eight loop ☐ Bachman knot
☐ Girth hitch ☐ Mule hitch
☐ Clove hitch ☐ One-handed Prusik knot
☐ Munter hitch ☐ Autoblock
☐ Water knot ☐ Reversed and opposed carabiners
No one will be allowed on the rock without harness and helmet.
The designated yell for ANYTHING dropped or kicked off the mountain will be: "ROCK!"
When you hear the yell "ROCK": Don't look up, cover up.
Don't leave anything loose on the outside of your pack.
All activities must have a signature of an instructor. Due to the nature of the area, signatures can come from any instructor that witnesses your climb, rappel/belay/knot/etc...
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Eat and hydrate throughout the day since we will not be taking any meal breaks. Keep in mind that all instructors and students will be ferried up from parking lot at base of mountain, so consolidate all your stuff into one pack if possible.
INSTRUCTOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Permit usually allows for 50 people at Erie, which we usually push to 55 but no more. That means 30 students and no more than 20-25 instructors.
Last year we had 25 instructors.
Last year, co-chairs worked stations since the permit has a quota.
Setup Crew - be on top of the mountain at 6 am!
<Insert any notes for the setup crew... pictures of setup could be helpful>
Topo of crag is attached below
Photos of setup to come.
Oversee assigned area, makes sure rotation ends on time, keep eye on students AND instructors to ensure safety and well-being. Relay major concerns to weekend organizers.
Coordinates instructor and student arrival in parking lot. Minimizes impact of WAC on parking lot and organizes students and their gear for carpool pickup.
Group Leaders - be on top of the mountain at 7:30 am!
Oversee general well-being, care-and-feeding, and movement of students. Assist where needed at each station. Keep eye on times and moves students effectively and efficiently from one station to the next. Relay student concerns to Area Organizers. You will be provided with radio.
Respond to students who become stuck in mid-rappel or climb. Work with Area Organizer and rope rappel/climb/belay instructors. Relay major concerns to weekend organizers.
Lead Belay Demo
Demonstrate the practice, challenges and safe techniques of lead climbing/belaying. This is an introduction demo, not a hands-on training session for the students.
Top Rappel Station
Assist student rappels at the top. Relay student concerns to Area Organizer.
Top Climbing Station
Assist students at the top of each climb, sign off climbs. Relay student concerns to Area Organizer.
Bottom Belay Station
Assist student belays, climbs and rappels from the bottom. Sign off belays, knots and rappels. Relay student concerns to Area Organizer.
CONTACT INFORMATION / RESOURCES
BEFORE AND AFTER ERIE
If you plan to camp on Friday night, directions to two campgrounds are given below.
Directions to camping at Washington Park:
6300 Sunset Avenue, Anacortes
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes, turn west on 12th Avenue following signs to San Juan ferry terminal.
At the terminal turn-off stop light, continue straight on Sunset Avenue, following the road to its end in the park.
Directions to camping at Deception Pass Campground: From Seattle, drive north on I-5 to exit 230, then travel 18 miles west on SR 20 toward Oak Harbor (do not take spur into Anacortes.) Park entrance in on right, one mile south of Deception Pass Bridge.
Directions to the Pizza Factory (after Erie):
3219 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Phone: (360) 293-1000
From Erie, head north on Heart Lake Road toward Erie Mountain Drive. Heart Lake Road becomes H Avenue.
Turn right on to 32nd St.
Turn right onto Commercial Avenue. Pizza Factory is between 32nd St. and 33rd. St.
Please bring cash.
Tribal knowledge about the setup slows down setup.
It’s important to review with all instructors what is expected of them at their station, rather than just assuming they know.
For example, one of the bottom belay instructors didn’t know how to do a backup belay.
This seems like it would be a good topic to add to instructor training. Everyone should know how to do this.
Add this information to the existing instructor handout, so everyone knows the expectations.
It wasn’t a good idea to put someone who hadn’t done Erie before as an “area organizer.”
Set a time for the instructor briefing and hold people to attending.
Setup might go faster with teams of people established ahead of time to set up each climb or rappel, so they can gather the right gear and work on them in parallel.
Set up the right climbs and rappels from the get-go. Easy routes should be climbs, hard climbs should be rappels.
Adapt this based on general class ability which can be assessed at the Spire trips.
The instructors manning any climbs/rappels that are not easily visible from the top should have a radio and use it.
Unique numbers should be assigned to each station (climb or rappel) so there's no ambiguity when communicating over radio.
Remove specific activity for the climbing/rap station and just call it climbing/rap, since students are expected to do both depending on what open climbs/raps there are.
Helmet stickers to better track what skills students still need to complete and give priority to those who need them at certain stations.
The nearest hospital providing 24/7 emergency care is:
1211 24th St
Directions (from the summit):
Head west on Erie Mountain Dr.
Turn right onto Heart Lake Rd.
Continue onto H. Ave.
Continue onto I Ave.
Turn left onto M. Ave.
Continue onto 29th St.
Take the 2nd right onto 24th St.
Destination will be on the right.
Click HERE for last year's ERP. Make sure all content and contacts are up to date prior to the weekend.