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Sport Anchor Building and Cleaning Course

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Learn to Clean + Build Sport Anchors

This course is perfect for those who have completed our Introduction to Outdoor Rock climbing course.

This is a 1+ day course designed for the beginner climber.

In this course, the focus is sport anchors, cleaning and rappelling. Students are to learn how to build and clean sport anchors.

In the evening on day 1, students will meet at Cultivate Climbing Saturday from 5pm – 7pm for an introduction and overview of the course. On day 2, students will meet at the discussed outdoor location for a full day of instruction, practice and application.

The course covers risk management, anchor materials, carabiner types, knots, and techniques like Fixed and Focused, SERENE, Quad, Quick draw anchor, Clean to lower, and Clean to rappel. You’ll have the opportunity to practice and apply these techniques in a supervised environment.

This course is an essential foundation for climbers who want to learn how to lead climbs. Even if you’re not interested in leading, knowing how to clean the anchor and get down safely is crucial for any climber.

For this course, we recommend that all participants take our Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing class first to learn all of the essential basics of outdoor climbing. If you are already familiar with the fundamentals of outdoor climbing (tying in, belaying, communication, risk management and movement) as opposed to indoor climbing, you can take this course.
Nope! We have all the necessary equipment you will need. However, if you do have your own gear, you are allowed to use it as long as it is no older than 8 years old.
Please be sure to bring a pair of hiking shoes. This can be boots or sneakers but please NO open toed sandals. You will want to bring plenty of water, about 2 liters per person, food and snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, a rain jacket, and any other personal items you may want as we do not typically provide the aforementioned items. It is highly recommended to bring layers with you. You may also want to bring a change of clothes to leave in the vehicle, just in case. ​ Bring a camera! We will take some photos and share them with you, at no additional cost, but sometimes we aren’t offered much opportunity to snap photos (as we are working hard to take care of you) and so you may want to bring a camera of your own.
Even if you aren’t interested in leading a climb, if your partner leads the climb and sets the anchor, it would be very helpful for them if you knew how to clean the anchor and get down safely. This course gives top-ropers the opportunity to learn how to safely remove an anchor and get back to the ground. Knowing how to clean and build anchors also makes you a more capable outdoor climbing partner.