Gear, Knots and Anchors class

  • September 14, 2014 · 9:00 AM

I have a few spots available in my Gear Knots and Anchors class in September if any of you are interested.

Please make sure to read all details below.

Location of class will be in Alameda and will be texted to the group once everyone has had a chance to RSVP.

• Do you want to climb more often, but don’t know how to build safe climbing anchors yourself?
• Are you interested in joining a climbing group outing, but don’t know who knows how to build safe climbing anchors and who doesn’t?
• Have you ever risked climbing on somebody else’s anchors without knowing whether they are safe or not first?
• Are you lacking the knowledge needed to assess a climbing anchor before trusting it with your life?
• Do you want to gain the knowledge and skills to build safe climbing anchors yourself?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this could be the class for you.

Note: no climbing class will give you the instant ability to build safe climbing anchors. This requires time, careful study, practice and hands on experience preferably under the watchful eye of an experienced and competent anchor builder. This class will not make you an expert anchor builder overnight, but it will teach you the basic skills and knowledge necessary to be able to assess other people’s climbing anchors and give you the skills you need to start becoming proficient in building your own anchors.

Confirmation for class: please send me your cell # through my profile in case something happens last minute or you have trouble finding us the day of the class. I will text you confirmation once I receive your email. My text is your confirmation you are rsvp'd for the class and I will update your confirmation accordingly

Climbing Gear, Knots and Anchors class

Class is taught by an AMGA trained instructor with 10+ years of experience teaching technical skills and systems used for rock climbing.

Learn how to assess a climbing anchor before you climb on it and how to build safe climbing anchors yourself

1) Gear

a) typical gear used in climbing anchors

i) Hard gear -Bolts and bolt hangers, Locking carabiners, Non-locking carabiners

ii) Soft gear - Cordelettes, Sewn slings, Webbing, Static cord

b) Proper handling of gear. Learn how to handle gear properly so you never drop anything. This can get costly $$$.

2) Knots – primary knots used in climbing anchors and simple ways to learn them and dress them properly

 a) Overhand knot (for learning purposes only, not to be used in climbing)

 b) Double overhand knot – easy way to tie it

 c) Triple overhand knot

 d) Overhand on a bight

 e) Fisherman’s knot (for learning purposes only, not to be used in climbing)

 f) Double fisherman's knot

 g) Triple fisherman’s knot

 h) Figure eight on a bight

  i) Water knot (the better way)

3) Other frequently used knots:

 a) Figure eight follow through (the better way) with Yosemite finish

 b) Clove hitch (how to tie one-handed)

 c) Girth hitch

 d) Autoblock hitch

 e) Prusik hitch

4) Difference between a hitch and a knot

5) Physics, vectors and angular forces

6) SERENE anchors (some may be familiar with acronyms SRENE and EARNEST)

7) Basic anchor scenarios (bolted anchors)

 a) Two piece anchors at same height

 b) Two piece anchors at different height

 c) Three piece (or more) anchors

8) Advanced anchor scenarios (as time permits) a) “Trad” anchors using passive and active protection (nuts, hexes, cams)

9) Natural anchors (as time permits) a) Trees b) Blocks c) Horns d) Pinch offs e) Chockstones f) Slots

Recommended personal gear:

No personal gear is required, but if you have gear that you would like to bring and learn how to use then feel free to bring it. Please check your gear with Stan before the start of the class. If you don't have gear yet, but want to get some then this class will help you figure out what gear you need to practice and build your own anchors.


A harness is highly recommended. A notepad for writing down notes is a good idea. There will be a lot of information to learn so notes will be a good idea for when you practice your knots and anchors at home.

A folding lawn chair is welcome during the lecture portion of the class.

All other gear will be provided.

Classes are usually taught in a park in Alameda. Other locations can be negotiated by request for groups.


Class size: minimum 4, maximum 8 (more possible by request and at instructor's discretion)

Time for class: this is an all-day class that usually runs 6-8 hours depending on the overall learning ability of the group. Because this is a fairly long class you should bring some water and food to snack on.

Cost: $40

Rain cancels class.

Confirmation for class: please send me your cell # and email address through my profile in case something happens and I need to contact you or vice versa . I will text you confirmation once I receive your email. My text is your confirmation you are rsvp'd for the class and I will update your confirmation accordingly

Note: prior students who have already taken my class in the past are welcome to take it again at no charge. If the class is full new students have priority, but should not be a problem accommodating you if notified in advance.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really awesome class. Stan definitely knows his stuff and really enjoys teaching. He's a great teacher and patient with everyone as they learn, which rocks. Thanks Stan!

    September 16

  • Stan H

    Awesome first class teaching with this group. Great people. Excellent questions & eagerness to learn by all. This class was a joy to teach and the calibre of personalities that give me the reason to keep on teaching. Thanks for a fun day of learning and I hope to see all of you again at another class and hopefully out on the rocks.

    1 · September 15

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for such a great class - definitely gave me the confidence to start climbing. Now to go practice my knots!

      1 · September 15

  • Charles J.

    Great class. Lots of very relevant information and hands on practice.

    1 · September 14

  • Paper g.

    This is a good class and I enjoyed it. Great people too!

    1 · September 14

  • Stan H

    Great group. Was a pleasure meeting and learning with all of you.

    1 · September 14

  • Melissa F.

    So bummed that something else came up. I was really looking forward to this!

    September 4

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