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Last Updated 09/05/2010

 

BSAONBELAY 2-DAY ANCHOR COURSE

This course is offered to adult leaders with little or no climbing experience who wish to become BSA Climbing Instructors.
We are now also offering this course to anyone who just wants to understand the complexity of top rope anchor building in a safe ground based program .
 We offer the highest quality training covering simple to complex top rope anchors.  We teach you using the latest  equipment and safety techniques, giving you the tools to keep
your scouts and family safe with a program built on redundant safety procedures.

 After taking this anchor course you may continue your training with us during an apprenticeship program during which we provide multiple troop outing dates that you can use as on the job training.. You will be setting anchors, helping run program,  and learning all skills required of a BSA Climbing Instructor; a great way to learn while having fun at the same time.

To help
bsaonbelay participants during their apprenticeship we provide all anchor building gear giving participants time to assess and acquire their own equipment.

During my Anchor Course, I learned that I have many tools in my Anchor Bag. Anchors are fundamental but, setting single or rigging multi-anchor systems (as in belays) is gained from expert direction and practice. Slings work well on a horn or a tree.
But, not in a crack. Conversely, a piece of Pro will not work on a horn. We need proficiency in all to ensure a safe and enjoyable  outing! Even experts need training or placements could be tragic.

Climb Safe, Big Burd

 

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED THROUGH THE BSA.  IT IS A TOP ROPE ANCHOR COURSE PROVIDED BY THE BSAONBELAY STAFF OF VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS TO UNIT LEADERS AND OLDER SCOUTS WHO WISH TO BUILD A SAFE SCOUT CLIMBING  PROGRAMS.  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 CONFIDENT BSA INSTRUCTOR.


Courses run 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 8 AM to 4 PM on Sunday in the Victorville area  or the Joshua Tree with you providing campsite.  Because of the intensive instruction clinics are limited to only 1 to 3 participants. Dates are always available upon your requests throughout the year.
Contact Paul Espinoza for suggested donation and available dates.

 

BRING

WE WILL HAVE

Leather gloves

Insulated drinking cup

Lunch, drinks and snacks

Fast food usually available within 1  mile


All gear

Backpack to carry

Useful recommendations

Some good stories

 

 

ALL NECESSARY ANCHOR GEAR IS PROVIDED DURING COURSE
GEAR IS ALSO AVAILABLE DURING YOUR  APPRENTICESHIP ON
BSAONBELAY UNIT OUTINGS
GEAR SLING, WEBBING, CORD, 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.

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.

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.

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.

                                                                 

In life we are Taught how to use many tools. After Good Instruction our Anchor Bag holds
the answers to a fun and a safe outing.

George White

What to expect

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.

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.

We will teach a simple way to escape the belay, rescue a climber mid route, and learn how to climb up a rope if needed.

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 2010/2011 season.

Thank you from BSAONBELAY

Paul Espinoza III  

bsaonbelay@earthlink.net