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Gym 2 Crag

Anchors, Cleaning & Rappelling

Take your top rope climbing to the next level! 

This one-day course focuses on supporting gym and outdoor top rope climbers to transition to be more self-sufficient outdoor climbers

You'll learn key skills to build and clean (break down) basic anchors, as well as evaluate anchors that others have built for you. Building and cleaning anchors are a fundamental skill for budding outdoor climbers looking to build their skillset and independence. Rappelling is also an important skill to build in your progression - with applications in multi-pitch climbing, mountaineering, and canyoneering, beyond single pitch rock climbing.



Sliding Scale Tuition

$85 - Solidarity Rate

$135 - Full Cost

$185 - Redistribution Rate


Not sure which level to pay? Check out this info sheet! 

Learning Outcomes

During this course we will teach topics including:


  • Discussing differences between indoor and outdoor rope systems and belaying 

    • Physics of weight difference, friction, and different positions and stances

    • Environmental considerations 

  • Basic knots and introduction to the gear required to build basic anchors and their care

  • Assessing fixed hardware and evaluating bolted hardware to set up basic anchors 

  • Principles to evaluate strong, secure, and simple anchor systems 

  • Cleaning bolted anchors 

  • Mock rappel rig on the ground, and if time allows, rappelling under supervision! 

This course does not include a focus on natural or gear anchors.

Dates and Locations

Mt Erie, WA

  • August 11


  • Has taken OITW “Intro to Climbing - Basics of Outdoor Top Rope” Course 


  • Knows how to tie into the rope for climbing

  • Can independently perform safety checks before climbing

  • Proficient belayer with at least a tube style belay device 

  • Has experience top roping at least 5 climbs (indoor or outdoor)

Questions, comments or concerns? 


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