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Updated 08/16/2007

BSAONBELAY 2-DAY ANCHOR COURSE and Apprenticeship Program

This course is designed for adult leaders with little or no climbing experience who wish to become the best BSA Climbing Instructor they can be. We offer the highest quality of training covering simple to complex top rope anchors.  We teach you using the latest in equipment and safety techniques to keep your scouts safe with a program built on redundant safety procedures.

 During the apprenticeship program we provide multiple training dates where you will be setting anchors and help run program to learn all skills required of a BSA Climbing Instructor.

 To help out our participants during there apprenticeship we can provide bsaonbelay anchor gear giving you time to assess and acquire your own equipment.

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED THROUGH THE BSA.  IT IS A PROFESSIONAL TOP ROPE ANCHOR COURSE PROVITED BY THE BSAONBELAY STAFF OF VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS TO UNIT LEADERS AND OLDER SCOUTS WHO WISH TO BUILD A SAFE SCOUT CLIMBING PROGRAM.  THIS COURSE PROMOTES A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMPONENTS AND SAFETY SYSTEMS USED FOR SETTING TOP ROPE ANCHORS AND IS OFFERED AS A SAFE AND COST EFFICIENT WAY TO BECOME A BSA INSTRUCTOR.
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Courses run 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 8 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.  It is primarily a ground based course at an undeveloped site in the Victorville area  or Joshua Tree with extra cost for camping.  Because of the intensive instruction clinics are limited from 1 to 3 participants. Dates start in September but are always available upon request throughout the year.
Contact Paul Espinoza for cost and available dates.

 

BRING

WE WILL HAVE

Leather gloves

Insulated drinking cup

Lunch, drinks and snacks

Fast food available within 1/4  mile

Stove

Hot water

Coffee

Hot Cocoa

Tea

Available all day

ALL NECESSARY ANCHOR GEAR IS PROVIDED DURING COURSE
GEAR IS ALSO AVAILABLE DURING YOUR  APPRENTICESHIP ON BSAONBELAY UNIT OUTINGS

GEAR SLING, WEBBING, SLINGS, STOPPERS, HEXES, TRI-CAMS, SLCD’S, CARABINERS

Come with nothing and leave with knowledge

So, whether you have a little bit of experience or you are brand new to climbing, this course is designed to teach you basic anchoring systems.  We will share our experiences to give you a good start in anchors, climbing ethics, and BSA recommendations, as well as a funny story or two.


What to expect

Day 1

Your Instructors will pre-set protection (pro) and teach you how to equalize a SERENE anchor system using a cordelette.

Next, we will teach you how to set your own passive pro with stoppers and hexes adding tools to your toolbox.

Hexes in active mode are very easy to understand but harder to place.  They will help identify your problem solving strategy and your puzzle solving ability.

We will also introduce you to Tri-Cams, a three-point device that goes where other devices cannot.  Some climbers use these almost exclusively as their weapon of choice because of their multiple configurations.

Spring loaded camming devices (SLCDs) are where the real fun starts.  You will appreciate the ease of placement and the range of sizes while you continue to developing your skills in setting anchors.

After lunch, we will step back a little and demonstrate a simple way to anchor a top-rope climb with webbing.  This is a very inexpensive way to start your budding “anchorship.”

Now that you have set a few equalized anchors, we will show you how to anchor the belayer, set a safety line, and extend the master point.

Throughout the day, we will assess your anchor skills.  We will finish day one with a review of your progress and the next day’s program.

Day 2

The second day will start with a quick refresher in SERENE anchor systems addressing any weaknesses before moving on to skills that are more difficult.

Finally, we will move on to multi directional self-equalizing anchors for setting two routes on one anchor system or accommodating a wandering climb that zigzags across a large rock face.

After you have a grasp of anchor systems, you will put it all together by setting a full route with a top-rope anchor, safety line, and belay anchor.  Then you will climb on your own anchors using your center of gravity and learn to belay correctly.

You will build a rappel station with safely lines, learn to belay from the top of rappel, and learn the artful fun of rappelling

If this sounds like something you can sink you teeth into - this course is for you.  With a healthy respect for safety procedures and skill in setting top-rope anchor systems, you and your troop can have a safe and fun climbing experience.  We hope you will join us on our 2007/2008 season.

Thank you from BSAONBELAY

Paul Espinoza III  

bsaonbelay@earthlink.net