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Toprope and Anchor Building Class

Whether you're rock climbing or ice climbing everyone has to know how to build anchors. Toprope anchors are the base from which most people learn to build more complicated anchors for bigger and more advanced climbs. Under the guidance of knowledgeable guides participants can add a variety of skills to their tool box in order to ensure they can handle the multitude of situations they will run into rock climbing. For more advanced climbers learning ways to manage equipment and read the terrain helps in building anchors for multipitch anchors or leading to make the most of your climbing days.

What You'll Learn


Climbers who want to gain independence but are happy to stick to toprope climbing or just want to get more solid on building anchors will be satisfied in their knowledge after this climbing course where they’ll learn:


-How to use a variety of types of protection to set up anchors for climbing including natural, permanent, and removable anchors.
-How to place different types of removable protection such as cams, stoppers, and tricams.
-Assessing safety systems and performing safety checks for toprope climbing and how to avoid bad habits and evaluate the hazards of working near cliff edges.
-Outdoor climbing etiquette and ethics for new outdoor leaders.


After taking this climbing course participants should feel capable of building a variety of climbing anchors using a variety of techniques.

Best Places To Learn


While many areas have some toproping here are a few of the best venues for learning to build anchors:



Climbing Instruction Rates and Availability

Toprope Anchor classes are available anytime the weather is nice. We generally recommend this as a full day so we can cover as much of the skills as possible and leaders can be confident in their skills. This is also a good intermediate course to combine with learning to trad lead or sport lead.

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Student $179 $229 $279
2 Students $159 $199 $249
3 Students $129 $159 $189
4-6 Students $99 $129 $159

Rate Information:

Previous guests enjoy a 10% discount on all our services. All rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a regular rock climbing day would be $159/person for a total of $477. Half Day trips generally run from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM​ from May through September.

Required Skills


Participants should be capable of the following prior to participating in this course:


-Basic outdoor self care. What to wear, how much water and snacks, etc.
-Putting on a regular climbing harness, shoes, and helmet without assistance.
-The ability to use different device for toprope belaying is a requirement.


Participants without the required skills may be asked to book additional days to ensure the best learning experience.



Follow Up Classes


With this being a fundamental skill in most aspects of climbing there are a variety of next steps but here are a few that make the most sense: