Gear Knots and Anchors class

  • August 3, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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I have a free Sunday the first weekend in August so am offering another weekend Gear Knots and Anchors class.

Please make sure to read all details below. Location of class 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 i) Bolts and bolt hangers ii) Locking carabiners iii) Non-locking carabiners

ii) Soft gear i) Cordelette ii) Sewn slings iii) Webbing iv) 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 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+ 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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  • Teah

    This class was fantastic and Stan is very encouraging and understanding as a teacher. I have a lot of trouble when it comes to learning knots and have struggled with them for a long time. I am not sure how Stan did it but he enabled me to learn them. Another thing I really liked was how Stan explained everything. He didn't just say this is what you need to do but he explained why it was important to do things in a certain way. I think knowing why I have to do something really helps me comprehend and remember things. Stan is really engaging and I would recommend his class to anybody who wants a solid base for safe climbing.

    August 5

  • Sarah

    That was a great class! Still practicing knots at home!

    August 5

  • Stan H

    Awesome group. Lots of excellent questions and overall a great class. Keep practicing those knots and hope to see all of you in a future class or out at the crags.

    1 · August 5

  • Cheryl

    It was the most informative class on knots and anchors I have ever taken. Stan has a gift for making it easier to remember the knots and what they are and not to be used for. I would certainly recommend this class for any level climber.

    August 4

  • Jean-Francois P.

    Awesome intro to gear, knots and anchors!

    August 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very good class and I'm very glad that I took this class. Although I took various different climbing classes in past, Stan's class was one of the best! Thank you, Stan. Look forward to taking another class!

    August 3

  • Walter

    Hi Stan. I have not received any direction for Tomorrow. Send me the address. Thanks.

    August 2

    • Stan H

      Directions were texted yesterday to everyone who sent me their contact info.

      August 2

  • Rex C.

    Hi Stan and Team:

    Looking forward to meeting the group and to the class this weekend!!! Stan:

    I just set you a meetup email with my contact details.

    Cheers,
    -Rex

    July 31

    • Stan H

      Thanks. Just got it.

      July 31

  • Teah

    I am on the Palo Alto/Mountain View line. I can fit people in my car. I do have to leave right after the class though as I have another engagement.

    July 31

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Teah, may I get on your car? I can go to your place if there is anywhere I can park my car. I come from Montague highway near I-880.

      July 31

  • Stan H

    Also, for those of you who want to carpool please post where you are coming from, if you are willing to drive and how many you can fit in your vehicle. BART is an option as well.

    July 30

  • Stan H

    I will be texting directions to this weekend's class shortly. I still havent heard back from a couple of you (Moe & Rex).

    July 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in South in Milpitas which is very close to SJ. Is there anyone who can give me a ride? I can drive to anywhere in South Bay for carpooling...

    July 30

  • Erika B.

    I would definitely be interested in taking this class, but unfortunately I'm backpacking that weekend. Would you offer this class again at another time??

    July 8

    • Stan H

      I'm pretty free during the week too so suggest some days and I'll see what I can do

      July 14

    • Erika B.

      I have a pretty open schedule Tuesday-Friday of next week and then Monday-Thursday the following week (last week of July). My schedule is pretty flexible. August I'm not sure yet as I am planning on taking a trip to visit some friends. Still coordinating. Thanks for being willing, Stan!

      July 15

  • mark

    Hello, I'm really interested in this class. I have climbed outside a decent amount but no led. I was climbing in lover leap about a year ago and my partner took a nasty fall and shattered his ankle. Looking to build back my confidence after this incident. Would this be a good class for me?

    July 9

    • Stan H

      I recommend just getting back on some easy climbs and slowly building up your confidence again. My classes will improve your soft skills which will help your confidence in your anchors and gear placements, but I think positive reinforcement on easy climbs will be better for your lead head.

      July 9

    • mark

      Ok thanks so much

      July 10

  • Stan H

    I have changed RSVP's for everyone who has emailed me their contact info. I ask for cell phone numbers because pretty much every time something happens on the day of the event. The last class there were roadblocks to our meetup location from both directions caused by a half marathon. Other classes people have gotten lost or are running late, they woke up sick, some emergency happened, etc.

    July 9

  • james

    Can't make the weekday trad following class you posted, but would be interested in having this day be that class

    July 9

    • Stan H

      Looks like this is going to be a full class so will have to do another weekend Trad Following Class in the future. Maybe July 19/20 or Sept 14.

      July 9

  • francisco

    I'd be interested in the Trad Follower class.

    July 8

    • Stan H

      I posted a Weekday Trad Follower class. Can you do it on a Monday?

      July 8

    • francisco

      I saw that but can't make it on weekdays.

      July 9

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