At the Gold Rush, the climb site will require participants to set up the gear as follows:
Participants will have a minimum of two attachment points to the rope at all times except while passing knots and anchors. At knots and anchors participants must maintain one attachment point to pass the knot/anchor or to transfer from rope to the rope.
We want you to use the techniques familiar to you within the restrictions of our safety requirements. Most common adventure racing setups will fit within our guidelines. Please be ready to demonstrate your setup at check-in. Exotic or unusual set ups may not be accepted as our climbing staff must be able to confirm that you are correctly rigged at the climb site.
Two tethers will be attached to the harness. A locking carabiner will be used on each one to attach to fixed ropes. At transfer points, one carabiner will be transferred at a time.
The rappel device (ATC or similar) will be attached with a locking carabiner either directly to the harness or to a tether attached to the harness.
A prussic will be set above or below the Rappel Device on the working line. The rappel device and prussic will be set such that the two cannot come in contact when weighted. The prussic will be attached via carabiner to either the load loop of the harness or around the belt of the harness.
An additional sling and carabiner will be used to attach to a safety line while approaching the rappel and securing the rappel device and prussic onto the rope.
‘Figure 8’ rappel devices may not be used.
A prussic will be set on the ascent rope and attached via locking carabiner either directly to the harness or to a tether attached to the harness.
In addition, another tether will be attached to the harness. A locking carabiner will be used on it to attach to the ascent rope. The tether and carabiner are most conveniently attached to the ascent rope below the prussic.
At transfer points, the carabiner will be transferred to the upper rope first and then the prussic will be transferred. Be sure that you can quickly and correctly apply and remove a prussic from a rope. This skill will be required at check-in.
At any one time, 2 tethers may be needed. If you are confident and fast in rigging gear, 2 tethers may be all you need. If you prefer not to re-rig during the rope section, 3 or 4 tethers may be easier for you; two with carabiners and 1 on your rappel device and/or one on your prussic.
Please practice your climbing and climbing gear setup. Be prepared to demonstrate at the climb test on check –in. Practice in the dark. Practice in the shower. It may be both dark and wet when you need to use your climbing gear.