In this course we will cover strengths and qualities of materials, basic 2 bolt sport anchor systems, natural anchor systems, rappelling and then put it all together in practice on the top of a wall. There is a great deal of technical information covered in this course, but our main goal is to get you comfortable performing the skills on the edge of a cliff. We will discuss how to manage risk and fear in this “cliff edge” environment and why we trust our “Bombproof” systems. In order to maximize your time on the rock we will provide you with a small homework assignment prior to the course. It will contain a list of knots to practice and reading material covering the strengths and weaknesses of the baseline equipment used in the course.
*Note: We won’t be doing any climbing during this course. The focus is on building Top Rope systems only where it is possible to approach the sport anchors from above.
Topics discussed include:
- Essential gear for building anchors
- Important knots
- Specifics of the SRENE acronym
- Use of gear to build anchors across many different environments
- Evaluation and use of natural and fixed protection
- Rope management
Participants should be able to:
- Exhibit Solid Belay Skills
- Tie these knots: Double Fisherman's Bend, Overhand on a Bight, Figure 8 on a Bight, Figure 8 Follow Through, Bowline, BHK (Big Honkin Knot), Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Autoblock (Included in the Homework Assignment)
- Talk about the Strengths and Weaknesses of the climbing gear used (Part of the Homework Assignment)
MODERATE: A moderate level of strength is needed to complete some of the tasks at the top of the crag. There won’t be any route climbing, but expect to build at least 2 anchors on the wall and rappel twice down the cliff face. Most of the day will be spent in ground school learning the systems where you have access to water, food and toilet facilities
Although we'll always do our best to adhere to this schedule, it is often dictated by factors outside of our control and is therefore subject to change. We will run this trip rain or shine as long as it is safe to do so.
9:00 - 9:15am: Introductions and overview of day
9:15 – 10:15am: Review strengths, weaknesses, inspection protocol and applications of equipment and materials
10:15am – 12:15pm: Building bolted sport anchor systems using SERENE acronym
12:15 - 12:30pm: Working lunch
12:30 - 1:30pm: Building systems using natural anchors (Trees, Stones, etc)
1:30 - 3:00pm: Rappelling instruction
3:00 - 5:00pm: Putting it all together on the rock. Securely lower to a bolted anchor, build a top rope anchor system, transfer to your climbing rope and rappel to the ground
Comfortable, wicking athletic clothing with pants or capris to cover knees (No Shorts)
Any personal gear you may have (e.g., shoes, harness, etc.)
2-3 liters of water
Sturdy approach shoes/hiking boots that are broken in
Seasonally: Jacket, baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves
Optional (but recommended):
Do NOT bring:
$145 per person
All climbing and safety gear (includes top-of-the-line gear - shoes, helmet, harness, chalk bag, slings, cordelette, and carabiners)
Expert, certified and medically trained climbing guides
First Aid Kit
Nutrition bars to keep you fueled
Medically trained professional guides
Transportation to and from the park
Insurance of any kind
Anchor Building Class Made For a Great Sunday
I recently took the "Rock Climbing II: Anchor Building" class with Glenn; it was a great way to spend a Sunday and I learned a lot too. I definitely got what I wanted from the cla...
Great Rock Climbing for beginners
The tutors were learned, helpful and great teachers. Difficulty level is OK for beginners. Great if you wanna checkout rock climbing for the first time.
Excellent group of people and instructors for a fun time climbing!
I had an awesome time! I had climbed a little in gyms but this was way better and had some good variety of routes. I felt very safe.