Rock Skills Review-Columns

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Leader: Sue Sullivan

After having the Rock Skills practice rained out twice at the columns, I was grateful for a sunny day on June 2 as I prepared to head to the columns. And, wouldn't you know it... as I drove from sunny south Eugene I saw a black cloud hovering over Skinner's Butte - sure enough! There was a brief downpour just as we drove up to the Columns! But we waited around for a few minutes and it looked like it was going to clear up, so we went ahead and set up ropes for belay and rappel practice. People practiced knots for a few minutes while we completed the setup, then they had a chance to brush up on their rock skills that might have gotten a bit rusty over winter. We had an easy rappel and a more difficult one for people to try. The rock was too slippery for much rock climbing, but Steve Still and David Adkins proved that one could climb even wet rock in hiking boots.

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