This program is for climbers looking to become comfortable building anchors in top rope and/or multi-pitch settings. The fundamentals are the same, and we will cover considerations for both.

We will focus on gear, equipment and natural and artificial anchoring principles. You will leave with the knowledge to feel comfortable outside, and the confidence to discuss anchor systems with climbing partners. You will better understand different anchor configurations and be capable of their evaluation. Though we may climb, we do not spend time on climbing and movement skills during this course.


This program takes place in the Mammoth area in the summer and fall and the Bishop area during the colder months. Common locales include Horseshoe Slabs in the Lakes Basin above Mammoth, Benton Crags, or the Buttermilk area near Bishop. The location varies depending on weather.



We value the professional training provided by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and your guides will be AMGA certified or involved in the certification process.


Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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