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.
Paul Espinoza for cost and available dates.
WE WILL HAVE
Insulated drinking cup
drinks and snacks
available within 1/4 mile
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
will pre-set protection (pro) and teach you how to equalize a SERENE anchor
system using a cordelette.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.