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Climbing 102: Top Rope Anchoring (May 18th)

May 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

$125 – $200

This course provides the student climber the skills necessary to build top rope anchors and develop the confidence needed to climb outdoors without the assistance of a guide or instructor. Students will learn how to locate and use natural anchors, how to place both active and passive protection for anchoring, more complex knots, and how to efficiently break down an anchor. The course will also cover different types of climbing equipment and materials used to build anchors. The majority of instruction will focus on bottom managed sites; however, some instruction on top-managed sites will be provided. This course emphasizes anchor-building; however, some climbing will be done during the course.

This course is provided along the beautiful Rappahannock River, right outside of the Fredericksburg city limits. Our local crag is approximately 15 minutes from the shop.

The cost for this course is $125.00 and there is a maximum of 4 people per class.

Materials Required (bring your own or purchase gear below at a discounted price for students):
25’ of 7mm cordelette (BlueWater Ropes)
6 locking carabiners (Black Diamond Equipment)
20’ of 1 inch tubular webbing (BlueWater Ropes)

Provided Materials:

Climbing helmet and Belay device (if bringing your own we prefer a Gri Gri or ATC Guide style device for top-managed sites)
All active and passive artificial protection will be provided by the instructor; however, if students have their own gear, they will be able to use it during the course.

What to Bring:

It can be chilly in the early spring and late fall, so dress appropriately. The rock face is accessible from a trail that tends to become overgrown mid-summer; therefore, we recommend you wear closed-toe shoes and pants for the hike in. For all of our rock climbing courses we recommend comfortable clothing that is non-restrictive. Do not forget a rain jacket! A beautiful sunny morning can lead to an afternoon downpour, so be prepared.

Food and Water
The amount of water depends on the time of year and individual climber. We recommend bringing no less than one liter of water. You will be burning a lot of calories throughout the day so bring lunch and snacks.

Refund Policy Note: We are excited to get you outside and enjoying our courses and events.  Each activity is tailored made for your specific needs and goals for the sport.  Since we offer private/small group instruction and special events, our guides’ schedules are busy.  Please be considerate of their schedule and make sure you arrive for your activity on time and prepared.  Payments are non-refundable.  If the activity is cancelled due to weather, then we will do all we can to schedule a rain date.  Your guide will work with you to reschedule your activity or, if available, provide a reasonable alternative.  If you must cancel for any reason, then notify your guide immediately.  We will work with you to reschedule your activity if a cancellation is made at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled activity.


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May 18, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
$125 – $200
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Rappahannock Rocks
5518 River Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407 United States
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