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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 010A (GHA) Lead Rock Climbing (1.5) A course designed to provide students with skills, safety, and knowledge of lead rock climbing in a top rope environment.

KINES 010A Lead Rock Climbing (1.5)

Kinesiology 010A is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the skills, safety, terminology and equipment used in the sport and recreational activity of lead rock climbing. Lead climbing involves the climber placing protection with which to protect oneself as opposed to top roping (Kinesiology 010). This course will also provide the knowledge base, experience, and awareness the student needs to evaluate their continued safe participation in lead climbing. The course format is identical to Kinesiology 010 in establishing the same class environment of group work, responsibility, cooperation, and collaborative skills. A strong group work ethic is emphasized with safety practices of utmost importance. Students will be introduced to advanced climbing techniques-foot work, hand holds, and body positions and benefit from immediate encouragement and assessment from both instructor and peers. Lead climbing challenges the climber to be more critically aware of making good decisions in clipping, route choice and direction, backstepping if necessary, body positions, equipment use, and safety. This class delves more into issues of kinesthetic awareness of the climber's relationship to the climbing surface and to gravitational forces when climbing. Students will also be introduced to tying rope knots, making belay stations, tying a cold shut, knowledge and practice in mock falling, cleaning a route, crag, slab, and crack climbing, and lead belaying. To insure the student's safety in lead climbing, mock lead climbing scenarios (students will be top roped and belayed) will provide the students with realistic climbing situations. Each class begins with a physical preparation for climbing focusing on cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility movements with instruction on proper methods and training procedures. Important information on safety issues and equipment will be presented as a visual demonstration or as an individual assignment. Students have the opportunity to write journals to record goals, share what they have learned in the lessons, evaluate their progress in the class, and demonstrate the necessary climbing and clipping techniques for a lead climbing pin. Other activities may include internet evaluations of rock climbing web sites and interactive sites. Additional evaluation tools may include objective testing, skill proficiency, and safety knowledge. As a final activity, groups can participate in a group lead climb activity in which each student is challenged to use the skills learned and practiced in this course. Offerings: Every fall and spring semesters with approximately 35 students. An indoor rock climbing facility/wall will be used.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003
Prerequisite: KINES 010 or with permission of program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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