Linville Gorge Climbing Merit Badge Weekend
September 13-15, 2019
Troop 1 will be taking to the rocks September 13-15, 2019. Rock Dimensions of Boone, NC will guide Troop 1 Scouts through the attainment of the Climbing Merit Badge over the course of the weekend through instruction along with climbing and rappelling on real rocks in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. Scouts who have already received this merit badge will be able to put their prior knowledge to work as they work their climbs and rappels.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Instruction in knots, harnesses, communication, belaying and climbing movement
- Top-roping on 3-4 climbs, ranging from beginner to intermediate
- Belaying and backup belaying
- Rappel instruction: equipment, fireman’s backup belay, techniques
- Rappelling on vertical and over-hanging rock faces using various rappel devices
Linville Gorge was formed by the Linville River, which now meanders some 2,000 feet below the gorge’s rim. This wilderness area is part of Pisgah National Forest, located northwest of Morganton in the Mountains of N.C. The gorge offers breathtaking views, a variety of climbing options and exciting rappels. With an elevation of 3500 feet, fall brings an array of colors to the forest, in addition to perfect camping weather. Primitive camping, suitable for groups, is available about 1/8 mile from the parking lot and picnic area. The Table Rock Picnic Area has pit toilets and picnic tables. There is no water for cooking, cleaning or drinking so we must pack it in.
The cost for this adventure will be $95.00 per person and includes the services of Rock Dimensions, all climbing equipment, transportation, camping accommodations, a Friday night dinner stop, and Sunday morning Lunch stop.
Scouts will be responsible for supplying and preparing their two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner meal. Scouts should plan to cook as if they were on a backpacking trip as we will not be taking the scout stoves and grills.
You will need a book bag to carry your lunch, water, and extra clothing to the climbing site on Saturday. As the camping site is a small hike (about 1/8th mile) from the parking area it would be wise to have all of your gear in a backpack, but it is OK to carry a duffle.
Registration is limited and you must secure your spot by registering below. Registration and payment will be due by the September 6th to give Rock Dimensions adequate lead time to have instructors on hand.
You may learn more about Rock Dimensions on the web at www.rockdimensions.com . Rock Dimensions requires 2 additional forms which you may download from this web page.
Rock Dimensions Liability Agreement (pdf)
Rock Dimensions Medical Form (pdf)
We will meet at the scout hut Friday at 3:30 and plan to depart by 4:00. The arrival time back in Spartanburg on Sunday afternoon is expected to be around 12:00-1:00.