Interested in being a MITOC climbing leader?

Carson Darling (Single-pitch), Catherine Yun (Single-Pitch), Chris Saulnier (Climbing Chair), David Johnson (Single-Pitch), Kyle Peet (Multi-Pitch), Leigh Ann Kesler (Multi-Pitch), Maia Bageant (Climbing Chair), Nathaniel Chu (Multipitch), Sally Miller (Single-Pitch)
Trip date
Saturday, April 8th
Difficulty rating
Lead-climbing, sport
Desire to mentor other climbers and fundamental sport lead climbing competency

Are you interested in becoming a MITOC climbing leader? Do you want to get laps in on great routes while teaching others the ropes? Do you love getting others STOKED to send?

Then come climb with us! This trip will be to evaluate and train potential new climbing leaders for MITOC. Everyone with the requisite skills is invited to come! If you are still building up your climbing skills, you can join our other climbing trips later in the season. We'll have additional recruiting/evaluation trips later in the season too.

Who should sign up for this trip?

Many people should consider joining us: MITOC climbers getting more and more confident lead climbing; nonMITOC-affiliated climbers who want to teach and are confident, strong climbers; others who want to become a climbing leader at some point but may not quite be ready, and everyone in between! This is an opportunity to climb with current leaders and meet a bunch of other passion climbers.

What is going to happen?

On Saturday, we'll meet at Rumney Rocks in NH, break up into smaller groups, and lead climb all over the place. We'll stay at our cabin nearby that night, hanging out and having fun! Sunday, repeat! Individuals who can only hang out for one day are welcome, but we encourage people to come crush for both days.

Who should not sign up?

You should not sign up if: you are a beginner, you want to learn to lead climb, or you are not interested in teaching others.

What does MITOC look for in single-pitch climbing leaders? 1. Sound and safe decision making, particularly in a climbing context. 2. Strong group management skills, communication skills, and an enthusiasm for teaching and mentorship. 3. Good fundamental ropes, gear, and safety skills, including how to lead climb sport and build different types of top rope anchors. 4. The ability to confidently lead 5.9 sport at Rumney Rocks. (Note: you don't have to be at this level to join this trip, but you should be getting there!)

How does MITOC evaluate these skills?

Finding new climbing leaders depends on seeing and climbing with new people. As we get to know you, we get a feeling for your soft skills and hard skills. We get to know you through trips like this!

What if I only boulder outdoors?

Sign up and talk to us!! Our bouldering program is small, but we would be pumped to see it grow.

How excited should I get?

Like a 3-year-old who just discovered otter pops. OTTER POPS PEOPLE.

Weather contingency: If the weather is either suuupper cold or rainy, we will move this trip to another date.


Maximum participants
Signups opened at
Feb. 25, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
Signups close at
April 5, 2017, 9 a.m.
  1. Why are you interested in being a MITOC climbing leader? (this desire is required) 2. What is your favorite type/style of climbing? 3. What do you lead outdoors and indoors on sport? 4. Will you be able to come to Sat, Sun, or both? 5. Do you have a car, if so how many passengers? 6. Which artificial color is your favorite flavor?
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