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Top Rope Anchor Building Clinics

20150718_150300

Top Rope Anchors 101

This foundational course is designed to give novice climbers the20141116_091604
knowledge, skills and confidence to construct efficient Top Rope anchors utilizing natural features (i.e. trees, boulders, etc.) or artificial bolts. This is a great course for those looking to transition from gym climbing to the local crags.

Topics Covered:

  • Basic climbing knots/hitches and their applications
  • Assessing potential natural anchors
  • Assessing artificial bolt anchors
  • Techniques for constructing anchors using natural features
  • Techniques for constructing artificial bolt anchors
  • Rappelling techniques
  • Maintaining climber safety at the cliff edge
  • LNT principles for climbers

Guide to Participant Ratio: 1:4

Dates:
April 2 @ Ralph Stover – limited to 4 participants
April 29 @ Chickies Rock – limited to 4 participants (Sold Out)
May 21 @ Ralph Stover - limited to 4 participants (Sold Out)
Philadelphia Top Rope Anchors 101 $85

Top Rope Anchors 201

This is the next phase in your development as a safe, competent and well-rounded outdoor climber. This class focuses on constructing top rope anchors utilizing artificial protection (i.e. stoppers, cams, hexes, etc.). The course is designed for climbers looking to expand their skills into the realm of traditional climbing or for anyone traveling to climber areas devoid of abundant natural features or bolt anchors.

Participants will spend a sign20150607_130847ificant amount of time practicing gear placements, evaluating each others placements and building anchors on the ground. Participants may then have the opportunity to head top side and build an anchor that they will climb on. Participants should have a basic knowledge of climbing knots and experience building top rope anchors using bolts or natural features before taking this course.

Topics Covered:

  • Review of basic climbing knots/hitches and their application20141116_092030
  • Types and appropriate application of artificial protection
  • Assessing the Micro and Macro structure of the rock
  • Proper placement of the various types of artificial protection
  • Anchor construction utilizing artificial protection
  • Recreational vs. Industrial Anchors
  • Rappelling techniques
  • LNT principles for climbers

Guide to Participant Ratio: 1:4

Dates:
April 30 @ White Rock Acres – limited to 4 participants (Sold Out)
Philadelphia Top Rope Anchors 201 $99

Top Rope Anchors 301 (2 or 3 day course)

Top Rope Anchors 301 is an action packed two day course combining all the elements of our top rope 101 and 201 anchor classes. Students will spend two days learning the ins and outs of creating safe and efficient top rope anchors in any setting. During the 3 day course Students will also be given an introduction to basic self rescue techniques.

2 Day Course – Topics Covered:

  • Basic climbing knots and their applications20150412_095956
  • assessing potential natural anchors
  • Assessing artificial bolt anchors
  • Techniques for constructing anchors using natural features
  • Techniques for constructing artificial bolt top rope anchors
  • Types and appropriate application of artificial protection
  • Assessing the Micro and Macro structure of the rock
  • Proper placement of the various types of artificial protection
  • Anchor construction utilizing artificial protection
  • Recreational vs. Industrial Anchors
  • Rappelling techniques
  • LNT principles for climbers

Guide to Participant Ratio: 1:4

Dates:
Philadelphia Top Rope Anchors 301 – 2 Day $175

3 Day Course – Topics Covered:

The 3 day Top Rope Anchors 301 course covers all the topics in the 201 course PLUS:

  • Top Managed Belay Stations
  • Belay escapes
  • Belay take-overs
  • Ascending a rope
  • Pick offs
  • Passing the knot
  • Emergency Management for climbers

Guide to Participant Ratio: 1:4

Philadelphia Top Rope Anchors 301 – 3 Day $250