Rock Climbing 201

Rock Climbing Anchors and Gear Placement

This two-day group course is ideal for climbers who want to learn about rock climbing  anchors and gear placement. Students will learn to build a variety of anchors from simple two bolt setups to more complex anchors using natural and artificial components. A significant part of the course will be devoted to learning to place and clean traditional climbing gear like cams, nuts, and tricams.

The course will be based in Brevard, NC (unless otherwise arranged) and is taught by professional, credentialed instructors who hold AMGA Certification. These instructors have worked as a team to create and continually improve our course curriculum to ensure you will be gaining the most current information. Our goal is to empower you with the skills and knowledge to become an independent climber.

“I started doing courses and private guiding with you guys one year ago. I had never climbed anything outside in my life. Now, I lead multipitch rock and ice, and I take my friends climbing too” – John Wallis

Topics Covered:

  • Placing trad gear
  • Building anchors using natural and artificial components
  • Cleaning anchors
  • Following trad lead pitches, gear removal, racking, communication
  • Climbing equipment: showing you what you need, what you don’t need as well as looking at storage and proper use
  • Climbing history and ethics, Leave No Trace wilderness skills
  • Debunking common myths in climbing and climbing equipment
  • Lots of climbing!

Course Prerequisites:

Applicants must have taken our Rock Climbing 101 course or have prior outdoor climbing experience and be able to tie in and belay correctly. 

Number on course: Maximum of 6:1 client to instructor ratio
Course length: Two days
Course dates:See the Course Schedule
Cost*: $450
2: $570 per person (two to one instructor, two days)
1: $730 per person (one to one instructor, two days)

*The costs are based on the actual number of participants on the course. Courses normally run at 3+ people but in the event the courses run with fewer people the costs will be as shown above. Participants that do not wish to take the course with low numbers (because of the cost) can change their course to another date. 

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