Rock climbing and rappelling

  • Young woman climbing a rock


Learn about and experience rock climbing and rappelling.


Organize a series of activities that will help you learn about and gain experience rock climbing and rappelling. Many of the following activity ideas require a certified specialist from your Church unit or community to make sure everyone is safe. For each activity, include a devotional to invite the influence of the Holy Ghost. You may want to plan a final activity to practice what you have learned. Each young woman will need access to climbing gear for some of the following activities.

  • Introduction to rock climbing and rappelling. Invite a trained and qualified expert from your Church unit or community to use pictures, stories, and videos to introduce you to rock climbing and rappelling. Find nearby areas or gyms where you can climb.
  • Safety commands, gear, and hardware. Invite a certified expert to teach you general safety practices such as double-checking knots and wearing the right gear. Learn and practice safety commands for rock climbing and belaying. Make sure you understand what gear—harnesses, helmets, gloves, climbing shoes, and so forth—is required for each activity.
  • Knots and essential rope care. Learn some basic knots that can be used in climbing, such as daisy chains and water knots. Learn how to set anchors on bolts and around trees, rocks, and bushes. Never step on a rope. You should also learn the different ways to coil and care for ropes and check them for weaknesses and wear.
  • Rappelling and belay devices. Under the guidance of a certified expert, take a short trip to a location in your area where you can learn rappelling.
  • Ascending a rope. Invite a certified expert to teach you how to use weighted knots and a harness to ascend a rope.
  • Advanced rappelling. Under the guidance of a certified consultant, choose a location where you and the other young women in your class can learn to rappel from a greater height. Make sure everyone understands that rappelling includes checking the safety of any existing anchors, blocks, and gear. Be sure to take all your trash and gear with you when you leave, and avoid disturbing the natural landscape.
  • First aid certification. Learn and practice basic first aid that includes treating common climbing injuries, such as cuts, rope burns, and open calluses. If you will be climbing or rappelling more than 30 to 60 minutes away from a trailhead, at least one person should be trained in wilderness first aid (see the activity on basic first aid).
  • Rock climbing. Find a place near where you live to rock climb as a Young Women class. Make sure you have a certified specialist with you. If you are at a climbing gym, employees often serve as climbing specialists. Learn about and practice using the gear. If possible, practice a variety of climbs and skills.

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