Gear Ratings

What is a "rating"?
A rating is the Hoofer Mountaineering Clubs tool for measuring competencies for gear check out and trip attendance.  Without proper ratings, you cannot check out gear from the HMC gear locker. 

How do I get rated?

Ratings are typically quiz and skill based.  You will be asked a number of questions and be asked to demonstrate certain skills.  To get rated, come to a HMC meeting on Thursdays at 7:30pm. Or contact a gear manager.  

What if I don't have the skills to pass?

Don't worry.  You can gain the skills and knowledge through clinics, educational sessions, and trips offered by the club. If you are not finding the support you need, contact us and we can help you further!

What else can I do with my rating?

At times, a trip may require a rating in order to attend.  This ensures that participant skills are honed enough for the terrain and level of other participants. If no rating is required, the trip is open to all. 

No Rating

Prerequisites:
• None

Rating Assessment Content
• None

Gear Allowed
• Shoes, Helmet
• Members are allowed to use other gear under the guidance of a club leader

 

Top Rope Rating
Prerequisites:
• None

Rating Assessment Content
• Proper harness use
• Belaying
• Tying-in
• Lowering

Gear Allowed
• Harness
• Belay Device

Bouldering Rating
Prerequisites:
• None

Rating Assessment Content
• Pad placement
• Spotting

Gear Allowed
• Boulder Pads

 

Anchor Rating:
Prerequisites:
• Top Rope Rating

Rating Assessment Content
• SERENE concepts
• Active/passive gear placements
• Equalization

Gear Allowed
• Active/ passive protection
• Cord/ webbing
• Climbing Ropes
• Carabiners
• Slings
• Personal anchor

 

 

General Lead Rating

Prerequisites:
• Top Rope Rating

Rating Assessment Content
• Rappelling with a back-up
• Clipping
• Cleaning bolted anchor
• Rope management
• Risk
• Lead Belaying

Gear Allowed
• Harness
• Belay Device

Gear Allowed
• Rope
• Personal anchor

 

Trad Lead Rating

Prerequisites:
• Top Rope Rating
• Top Rope Anchor Rating
• General Lead Rating

Rating Assessment Content
• Direction of pull
• Extension of pieces
• Top belaying
• Risk

Gear Allowed
• Alpine Draws

 

Basic Ice Rating

Prerequisites:
• Top Rope Rating

Rating Assessment Content
• Parts of ice tools
• Crampon use
• Risk

Gear Allowed
• Ice Tools
• Crampons