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March 12, 2021

Eleven Mile Canyon

On Wednesday March 10 after an introduction to geology and rock types from one of our instructors, Dan, we traveled to Eleven Mile Canyon for an in-depth climbing experience with the Front Range Climbing Company. While it was barely above freezing, we spaced ourselves amongst the volunteer drivers and made way for Eleven Mile. Upon arrival, we noticed four top-ropes were set up, and while all of us were freezing, we were eager to get warm quickly. Following a quick introduction, we all claimed...
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March 09, 2021

Pulleys & Garden of the Gods

On March 5, the climbing ECS learned about different pulley systems that many climbers use. Specifically, we learned how to make 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 5:1, and 6:1 pulley systems. Below is a photo showing what a 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1 pulley system might look like (they can vary). We also learned about what simple system and compound systems are. A simple system is a pulley system where the pulley travels with the load, while a compound system is a simple system that acts upon another system. We...
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March 04, 2021

A Rocky Start

The Rock Climbing ECS started our seminar with some hands-on learning right away. The first class was held at City Rock, located in downtown Colorado Springs on Monday. We immediately learned how to belay, tie clove-hitch and figure-8 knots, and discovered the basics of bouldering/sport climbing. We met the first of our many guest guides, Katie and Anna, who will be helping us throughout the course. Personally, I haven’t rock climbed since I was 12 years old, but for oddly enough, the motions...
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February 17, 2021

Rockclimbing ECS | Course Description

The Art and Science of Rockclimbing Essential Questions: 1. How can rock climbing be understood through principles of physics? 2. How does the geological makeup of the stone affect the climber’s experience? 3. From the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi, to an Olympic sport, how and why has climbing evolved? Course Description: The Science and History of Rock Climbing is a lecture, discussion, problem, and project-based course about the physics, geology, and significant histories of rock...
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March 09, 2021

Pulleys & Garden of the Gods

On March 5, the climbing ECS learned about different pulley systems that many climbers use. Specifically, we learned how to make 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 5:1, and 6:1 pulley systems. Below is a photo showing what a 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1 pulley system might look like (they can vary). We also learned...
» read more
March 04, 2021

A Rocky Start

The Rock Climbing ECS started our seminar with some hands-on learning right away. The first class was held at City Rock, located in downtown Colorado Springs on Monday. We immediately learned how to belay, tie clove-hitch and figure-8 knots, and discovered the basics of bouldering/sport climbing....
» read more
February 17, 2021

Rockclimbing ECS | Course Description

The Art and Science of Rockclimbing Essential Questions: 1. How can rock climbing be understood through principles of physics? 2. How does the geological makeup of the stone affect the climber’s experience? 3. From the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi, to an Olympic sport, how and why has...
» read more
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