Rock Climbing Anchors Class - Natural & Fixed Protection

Description: Learn the basics of building climbing anchor systems. We will cover climbing gear, knots, evaluation and use of natural and fixed protection, and equalizing the forces on the anchor. Traditional climbing gear use is covered in Artificial Climbing Anchors. This is a hands on program where you will build climbing anchors. This outing will focus on construction and assessment of anchors and not on climbing movement.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn how to identify and build effective, solid climbing anchors. Learn about a variety of anchors, both natural and artificial. Learn how to place removable anchors. Learn about common gear used to build climbing anchors and how it can be used in a variety of different environments.

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Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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Rock Climbing Anchors Class - Natural & Fixed Protection Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Hiking Boots
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Water Bottle


  • Energy Snacks
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Climbing Anchor supplies and hardware