Two day anchor building

$330.00 2 days

Two day anchor building class.
Class meets from 8:00 am to 4:00pm.
Max six people per session.

November 3-4   December 8-9



Many anchor building classes are only a few hours long and raise more questions than they answer.  Our 16 hour anchor class is a thorough introduction to the topic, and includes plenty of practice time as opposed to simply observing demonstrations.

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.

Learn how to extend your master point over the edge even when the pro is 20′ away from the edge.  You will practice the “Joshua Tree method” using a static or low stretch anchor rope.

Improve your rappelling skill by adding an extension and an autoblock backup.
Learn essential knots the figure 8 on-a-bight, clove hitch,  “bunny ears”, “BHK”,  klemheist, and the flemish bend.

You will be climbing during this class (hopefully on an anchor you built yourself), so please don’t forget to bring your rock climbing shoes!

Once you know how to build anchors, we recommend taking our two day lead climbing class.


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