Direct Action/Climb Camp in Ohio!

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Sep 17, 2012, 10:49:45 AM9/17/12

Climbing Camp - Fall 2012

September 22-28 Southern Ohio

EF! Climbers Guild will be hosting a climbing camp this fall in southern
Ohio. This is the first time a Guild camp has been organized in the
Midwest and we are really excited about it! At the EF! National Rondezvous
in Pennsylvania this year, we recognized a vital need to make these
technical skills more available in this region. With the escalating
campaigns against fracking and coal extraction, the guild would be honored
to share our skills with those that are interested.

We have invited a variety of different climb/rigging trainers from
different bio-regions who actively work on different campaigns to share
their skills and their stories.

What to bring:

Pack like you’re going camping, sleeping bag, tent, raingear.

You want to have good climb shoes- these are any shoe with a stiff sole.
While some people can climb in sandals, I wouldn’t recommend it. And
about climbing barefoot- like most things in life, the fantasy is better
than the reality. It hurts.

Gloves- i find that bike gloves are great, but anything snug and flexible
will work. Blisters = slower climbing

Pants that you can climb and be comfortable in. This means loose or
stretchy and breathable material.

Your own climb gear. While this is certainly not required, if you have it,
bring it! And if you’ve been wanting to invest, carpe diem! There really
is no time like the present. We are not sure exactly what and how much
gear we will have, so the more people provide their own gear, the less the
likelihood of waiting to use communal gear.

Food. Not all EF! Guild camps have communal kitchens, however this one
will. Please consider bringing food to donate to the kitchen. Keep in
mindthat there will be vegans at the camp, so donations that everyone can
share would be greatly appreciated. Also, bring what you know that you
need to sustain yourself for a week. i.e. if you know you need chocolate
everyday in the afternoon, throw it in your personal food bucket J

A requested donation of $20-$30 for the week. However, no one will be
turned away for lack of funds.

The communal kitchen:

While we are asking folks to contribute to our kitchen, we will also be
providing food as well and are hoping to have a volunteer cook or two for
the week. If not, we can take turns making meals. Whatever makes sense.

What we will provide:

Climb gear. Once again, have no fear if you do not have your own gear, we
can provide gear for the week.

A full kitchen, including dishware and cutlery. So, you don’t need to
bring your own set, unless you really want to.

Potable water

Coffee and tea

Knowledgeable trainers


We are going to be camping and training just outside of Athens, Ohio. If
you are taking public transportation, Greyhound operates to the area.
Also, there is a service called, ‘Go Bus’ that goes between Cincinnati
and Athens for $10 and another between Columbus and Athens, also $10.



The topics to be covered during the 7 days are:

Day 1: Basic climbing and Rope Anchoring

Day 2: Traverses and Tree to Tree transfers (sky walking).

D3: Basic Structure rigging and Haul systems

D4: Tri Bi and Mono Pods

D5: Advanced Structure rigging

D6: Large scale, occupied banner deployment

D7: Basic rescue and training set ups.

This is just a rough sketch of an agenda and it may change.

To climb at the camp you will have to sign a waiver of liability and
recognize that what we are doing is dangerous. We are willing to share
our climbing knowledge but not willing to accept responsibility if anyone
hurts themselves. Along this same line, at the camp the trainers have
veto power over everything climbing related and can ask anyone to leave
the camp if they feel they are not acting in a safe manner or are
behaving in a disruptive manner.

Also, as much as it pains me, please no dogs.

The schedule will be fairly rigid with demonstration times but ample
Opportunity will be available for people to practice whatever skills they
have learned.

Hope to see you in the woods and don’t forget....RSVP for more information
and directions!

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [efclimbersguild] Share Rides to Ohio!
From: "johanna" <>
Date: Sun, September 16, 2012 12:35 pm

Hey climbers,
To those headed to Ohio this week:

If you have an extra seat in your car please post it on the ride board!
There are three folks that have posted for rides from Minnesota, Texas,
and North Carolina (that's me!), and there are probably more.
Details about the board below, check it out.

Can't wait to meet ya'll!


There has been a ride share board created for this event. It is hosted at If you have room in your car, please use this service as
there are a number of folks who are looking for transportation. The ride
board is private and will only be accessed by folks using this code 541886.
You must also register for an account with the website to post.


johanna marie

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