$165.00 1 day
8 hour trad anchor building class using cams, nuts and tri-cams.
February 23, March 17, March 30, April 20
8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Joshua Tree National Park
Many anchor building classes are only a few hours long and raise more questions than they answer. This class is 8 hours, and includes plenty of hands-on time to practice the techniques shown. Then take our Anchors 2 class to learn extension anchors and advanced rappel methods.
Learn how to build top rope anchors using “trad” gear such as cams, nuts, hexes and tri-cams. We will also teach you how to build “sport” anchors using two or three bolts, as well as natural anchors built from trees or boulders.
We will evaluate every piece in the anchor and how they could be even better. Learn an objective method to assess the overall strength and security of your anchors. Special attention will be given to assessing the rock quality so that you never build an anchor in weak rock.
We will cover the common mistakes that climbers make in anchor building and address how to avoid these errors. Common errors include poor rock quality, poorly fitting protection, lack of redundancy, and inadequate equalization.
We will use the “RENE” system to evaluate the reliability of our anchors: Redundant, Equalized, and No Extension. First you will learn how to equalize two pieces, then three, four or five pieces. Materials used to equalize anchors include sewn slings, tied slings, cordelettes, and static rope.
This class or equivalent is a pre-requisite for our lead climbing class.
Consider taking the Anchors 2 class as well in which the “Joshua tree method” is taught using a 40-70 foot extension rope.