Trad Gear Rock Climbing Anchors Class

9:00am2:00pm PST
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$149 for REI Members

$179 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Group size 6 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences Guide

Learn the basics of building climbing anchor systems using traditional gear such as nuts and cams. We will start by covering how to place pieces of traditional gear in natural rock features and how to identify properly and improperly placed pieces of gear. We'll build on your gear placement skill by covering the knots and theory of effective anchor building, and putting it all together to build a solid and efficient climbing anchor. This class will give you ample chances to practice your anchor building skills under supervision, and provide personalized instruction to help you set the best anchors possible. This class is for people with prior top rope anchor building experience. All anchor building supplies are provided by REI.

  • Learn to place traditional protection gear in natural rock features
  • Learn and practice the necessary knots for effective anchor building
  • Understand the required elements of a solid and secure climbing anchor
  • This class does not focus on climbing technique and there is not guarantee of time to climb

What to bring with you


Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the course for check-in and plan accordingly for travel time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated as this disrupts the experience for all other participants on the program.

Map image of Mount Diablo State Park: Rock City Parking Lot

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Restrooms are available; water is not available due to drought. A $10 CA State Parks day use parking is required; cash recommended.