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Gear Management

We offer to lend students pretty much all the technical gear they need for our classes. In doing so, we need to keep careful track of all this inventory. This is every instructor's responsibility. Do not assume that someone else will be taking care of every piece of gear. Help manage the gear yourself. No student will be allowed to keep gear overnight. They must turn gear in to the Site Manager (or an individual designated by the Site Manager) at the end of the day. The danger points are at the end of the lecture or field day. Students are done and heading home; they forget to turn in the gear. One of the last things you should say to a student at the end of the day is "did you turn in your gear and your Evaluation Form?"

Lecture Gear

For lectures, we set up by bringing out the bins of gear appropriate for the class. This gear does not need to be logged out of the gear room. Think of it as moving part of the gear room to the class room.

There will be a Gear & Attendance sheet at the lecture. This sheet will be brought back to each subsequent class by the Site Manager. When the student borrows gear, the borrowed gear is noted on the Gear sheet and a stuff sack number is recorded. The student is reminded to turn in the stuff sack at the end of the day; do not take it home. After all students have borrowed the gear they need, the bins are returned to the gear room. Students are also instructed to inspect the gear they have borrowed.

When gear is returned at the end of the day, the instructor confirms that all gear for that student is returned and marks it returned on the Gear sheet.

At the end of a lecture for which there is no subsequent field day, the gear sacks can be returned to the gear room. At the next lecture, only the gear sacks are brought out of the gear room.

At the end of a lecture that is followed by a field day, the Site Manager (or an individual designated by the Site Manager) will take the gear sacks to the field day location.

On the last field day of the class, the Site Manager is responsible for returning the borrowed gear to the gear room. The stuff sacks can go on an empty rack and be reintegrated at the next class.

Gear that is for group use during lecture (ropes, anchors, etc) also does not have to be logged out of the gear room.

Field Gear

Field Gear DOES need to be logged out of the gear room. Field Gear is any gear used for the entire group: ropes, anchor bags, pickets, ice tools, ice screws, rock pro, etc. Field Gear does not include gear borrowed by students.

The Site Manager is responsible for returning Field Gear to the gear room, logging it back in, and recording usage notes.

Field Gear is inspected by students (under supervision of instructors) before use and again at the end of the day.

Gear Log

The Gear Log must be filled out any time gear is removed from the gear room (except for classroom use). There are boxes for Quantity, Item Type, Item ID (if any), Date Out, Date In, Inspected Yes/No, Name, and Comments. Comments include reason for, and type of, use. And notes on unusual wear. For a sample click here